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Notes: B.J. Upton to leave Rays for Braves

Tampa Bay Rays' B.J. Upton on July 6, 2012.

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Tampa Bay Rays' B.J. Upton on July 6, 2012.

Free agent outfielder B.J. Upton and the Atlanta Braves agreed to a five-year contract, according to a person familiar with the deal.

The person said the deal is expected to be announced Thursday once Upton passes his physical.

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The 28-year-old Upton 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.

Upton’s home run totals have increased in three straight seasons, but he has hit below .250 with more than 150 strikeouts in each of his last four seasons.

Pettitte staying

Andy Pettitte is staying with the New York Yankees next season.

The lefthander signed a one-year deal worth $12 million, putting baseball’s biggest postseason winner back in pinstripes.

Pettitte turns 41 in June. He retired after the 2010 season, then decided to come back this year and signed a contract guaranteeing $2.5 million.

DeCinces indicted

Former Orioles third baseman Doug DeCinces and three others were indicted on insider trading charges for allegedly profiting from information prior to the takeover of a Southern California medical device company. DeCinces was charged with 42 counts of securities fraud and one count of money laundering. He is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 17. Prosecutors said DeCinces received information from an official at Advanced Medical Optics, Inc. regarding a takeover offer by Abbott Laboratories. Authorities say DeCinces made about $1.3 million after he bought stock in Advanced Medical Optics and sold it soon after Abbott’s tender offer was publicly announced. DeCinces last year agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle a civil lawsuit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission . . . The Reds signed Jonathan Broxton to a three-year, $21 million contract, giving the NL 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. The Reds have told Chapman to prepare for next season as a starter, although they haven’t committed to Broxton as the closer . . . The Royals traded righthander Vin Mazzaro and first baseman Clint Robinson to the Pirates for minor league pitchers Luis Santos and Luis Rico.

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