NEW YORK — B.J. Upton is on his way to Atlanta, while Andy Pettitte is staying in pinstripes.
With the winter meetings only days away, baseball’s offseason began to heat up with a pair of moves involving potential closers: Ryan Madson joined the Angels and Jonathan Broxton remained with the Reds.
Looking for a new center fielder and some right-handed pop, Atlanta found both in Upton, who had 28 homers and 31 steals for Tampa Bay last season. The fleet-footed free agent agreed to a $75.25 million, five-year contract, a person familiar with the deal said Wednesday night.
Pettitte, meanwhile, will return for another season with the New York Yankees. Feeling strong at age 40, the veteran lefty completed a one-year deal worth $12 million, putting baseball’s biggest postseason winner back in the Bronx.