BJ Upton, Braves finalize $75.25M, 5-year deal

Braves have finalized a $75.25 million, five-year contract.

Upton joins the Braves after spending his first eight major league seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays. He hit .246 with 28 homers, 78 RBIs and 31 steals this year.

FILE - In this July 6, 2012, file photo, Tampa Bay Rays' B.J. Upton hits an RBI-single off Cleveland Indians' Nick Hagadone in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland. A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press Wednesday, Nov. 28, the Atlanta Braves have reached an agreement on a five-year deal with Upton. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Upton, who was to be introduced at a news conference Thursday, replaces free agent Michael Bourn in center field and should provide needed power from the right side.

The addition of Upton leaves Atlanta still needing to fill left field. Martin Prado is expected to move to third base, taking over for the retired Chipper Jones.

Shades of Venezia

Originally posted on I Climbed That:

I spent 2 full days in Venice, and I felt it was plenty of time to see the city and be done with it. The first day, I walked around without a map, just exploring and getting dizzily lost amongst the circuitous maze of tiny streets, alleyways, and bridges. I was enthralled by the city’s beauty, and stopped constantly to take photos and admire the view: blue or green canals, brightly colored houses right on the water, vivid blue or black and gold gondola boats driven by striped-shirted men with red neckties, a million gelaterias and cafes, church after church after ornate, ivory, towering church. I truly enjoyed exploring this place – unlike anywhere else I’ve ever seen – and soaked it all in until well into the night.

My second day, I had a map in-hand and a few destinations in mind (the Jewish Ghetto, Piazza San Marco, the…

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Ty Carter Art Giveaway

Originally posted on Christos Tzeremes:

Ty Carter, a coworker of mine at Blue Sky Studios is doing an art giveaway.  He’s a great artist and you should check out his work.  The design dept at Blue Sky Studios and his work is definitely part of the reason why.

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