Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest

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Upton is headed from Rays to Braves

Free-agent outfielder B.J. Upton and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a five-year contract, a person familiar with the deal said Wednesday night. The deal is expected to be announced once Upton passes his physical. Several media outlets reported the deal is worth $75.25 million, which would be the largest free-agent contract in team history.

Upton, 28, hit .246 with 28 homers, 78 RBIs and 31 stolen bases for Tampa Bay last season. He will replace free agent Michael Bourn as the Braves center fielder and provide a needed right-handed power bat for the lineup. Bourn was the Braves leadoff hitter, but Upton is not expected to fill that role. The Braves might shop for a left fielder to hit leadoff, with Martin Prado expected to move from the outfield to third base following Chipper Jones retirement. (AP)

Also in baseball The Reds signed Jonathan Broxton to a three- year, $21 million contract, giving the National League Central champions a potential closer and a chance to reconfigure their starting rotation. Broxton came to the Reds last July in a trade with Kansas City and was part of their push toward the playoffs. He filled in as the closer when Aroldis Chapman came down with a tired shoulder and had four saves in six chances overall with a 2.82 ERA, impressing the Reds. Now they have the option of turning Chapman into a starter.

The Royals traded pitcher Vin Mazzaro and first baseman Clint Robinson to the Pirates for minor-league pitchers Luis Santos and Luis Rico. Mazzaro was 4-3 with a 5.73 ERA for the Royals while filling in as a spot starter because of injuries last season.

The Angels reached a contract agreement with former Phillies closer Ryan Madson.

Pitcher Andy Pettite has signed a one-year, $12 milliion contract to return to the Yankees.

The Red Sox hired Greg Colbrunn as their hitting coach. (AP)

Miles to stay at LSU Les Miles has a new seven-year contract at Louisiana State that also will result in a pay raise for one of the most successful coaches in the history of the Tigers football program. The new contract runs through 2019, which amounts to a two- year extension. A person familiar with the contract said that Miles new annual pay would be in the range of $4. …

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