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Braves first to pull the Free Agent trigger with Upton signing


BY WADE MCMILLIN, Couchsideshow.com editor

The Atlanta Braves signed B.J. Upton to a five-year, $75 million deal Wednesday afternoon. Photo by: Keith Allison / Flickr

The MLB hot stove has heaten up early this offseason.

The Toronto Blue Jays started the late-fall flames with their blockbuster deal that picked up any sort of talent the Miami Marlins still had. Then Toronto struck again, signing 2012 MLB All-Star Game MVP Melky Cabrera, who will be fresh off a 50-game suspension for performance enhancing drugs. The rest of the young offseason has already seen a plethora of re-signings and small-end swaps to keep fans interested enough to care.

Just two months into this uncharacteristic MLB offseason things have been exciting without a top name free agent finding a new home. With names like Josh Hamilton, and Zack Greinke on the market, it’s unusual Free Agency hasn’t been the talk of this early offseason buzz. But all of that may have ended Wednesday afternoon when the Atlanta Braves struck a deal with B.J. Upton, who is considered the top free agent center fielder.  (more…)

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