LA Angels Acquire Justin Upton from Tigers

Erica Murray
September 1, 2017

Rosenthal speculated the return on Upton won't be substantial, both because the Tigers are using it as an opportunity to shed payroll and there's no guarantee the Angels retain the outfielder past this season.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Upton is due $22.125 million in each of the next four seasons, and about $3.5 million for the rest of this season. The 30-year-old now owns a slash line of.279/.362/.542 with 28 home runs and 94 RBIs over 520 plate appearances in what has been a very impressive bounce-back year.

In exchange for Upton, the Angels would part with minor league right-hander Grayson Long, according to the person with knowledge of the situation. His position? Left field.

The current left fielder for the Angels is Ben Revere and while he has a respectable.261 batting average, he has only produced one home run and 18 RBIs on the season while sporting a sub-.300 OBP at just.298 on the season. The following year, he slashed.250/.353/.463 while connecting with 15 dingers and driving in 42 runs through 417 plate appearances.

He is owed almost $90 million over the remaining life of his contract, which expires in 2021, and he makes just over $22 million per season. Getting Upton on Thursday instead of Friday could make a huge difference for the Halos. The Rangers close out their season with games against Seattle, Oakland, Houston and Oakland again so they might have an easier stretch to close out the season. The Astros will cover the remainder of his $9 million salary for the 2017 season.

The Angels are now just a game out of the second wild card spot, held by the Minnesota Twins, another surprise contender this season.

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