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“I expect a lot out of myself,” he said. “I felt, yeah they were OK years, decent years, but I think I can be a lot better. Hopefully I can get the batting average up and cut down on the strikeouts and other than that continue to do what I’m doing.”

Bourn hit .274 with 42 stolen bases this year but he had 155 strikeouts, almost as high as Upton’s 169. The Braves believe Upton’s big advantage in power over Bourn, who hit only nine homers, more than makes up for the additional strikeouts.

Wren said losing a first-round draft pick to Tampa Bay was not a factor because the team will gain a similar selection when Bourn signs elsewhere.

“The first-round pick we’ll pick up for Bourn will be somewhere in the 26-to-30 range and we lost like the 26th pick,” Wren said. “So it’s negligible, probably within five picks of each other. It won’t really be a difference at all. That’s the projection we have now.”

Heyward, who had 27 homers and 21 stolen bases this season, said adding a similar power-speed player in Upton is “awesome” for the team.

“He’s able to do some things you have to worry about on the offensive and defensive side of the ball,” Heyward said.

Upton won’t be the only star in the Braves’ lineup, but he’ll be in the spotlight, thanks to the big contract.

“I hope there’s no added pressure, but I’ve dealt with things like that in the past,” he said. “I know what’s expected of me. I won’t put any added pressure on myself. I’ll just go out and do what I can to help this team win.”

Upton’s parents and agent, Larry Reynolds, attended the news conference. Upton said his brother, Arizona outfielder Justin Upton, wanted to join the family but couldn’t make travel arrangements.

B.J. Upton said playing with his brother “has been a big, big topic of conversation” for the two.

“Obviously he’s under contract for three years,” Upton said. “Is it a possibility? Yes. Is it going to happen? We don’t know.”