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Report: Braves sign Brian McCann

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Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Atlanta Braves have signed free agent catcher Brian McCann. The deal is reportedly for one year, $2 million. McCann, who will turn 35 in February, began his career in Atlanta, playing there for his first nine seasons.

McCann had a bad right knee that limited him to 63 games last season. He wasn’t all that great when he played, either, hitting a mere .212/.301/.339, likely because of the knee. He’s still a strong defensive catcher, however, and he’s lauded for his leadership skills. That he’s such a known and familiar quantity in Atlanta makes him an easier choice for the Braves too.

He’ll split time with Tyler Flowers and will, without question, get the “welcome home” treatment from the hometown fans.

B.J. Upton is going by B.J. Upton again

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Outfielder B.J. Upton went by the name B.J., short for Bossman Junior, through the 2014 season. His father Manny was known as Bossman, hence Bossman Junior. Upton decided he wanted to be referred to by his birth name Melvin starting in 2015, saying that everyone except baseball fans knew him by that name. Now, he’s back to B.J., Scott Boeck of USA TODAY Sports reports.

For those keeping score at home, Upton is the artist formerly and currently known as B.J.

Upton, 34, hasn’t played in the majors since 2016. He signed a minor league deal with the Indians in December 2017 but was released in the middle of last March and wasn’t able to latch on with another team. It seems unlikely he finds his way back to the majors.