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Angels acquire slugger Justin Upton from Tigers

02 September 2017

The Los Angeles Angels have acquired slugging outfielder Justin Upton from the Detroit Tigers, upgrading their lineup for the playoff race. While it's true that Upton can opt out after this season, the Angels wanted the veteran's bat regardless, so says Rosenthal.

The Angels made this trade just before the September 1st deadline so should the Angels make their way into the playoffs Upton will be eligible to play.

That's also true because August 31 is the last day a trade can be made that will allow the acquisition to play on the postseason roster.

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The 30-year-old has hit.279/.362/.542 in his second season with the Tigers, good for a 136 OPS+ that would rank second among Angels hitters, behind only Mike Trout. If you were to stay with Anaheim, it would be costly for the Angels. As Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times notes, Angels left fielders have hit a combined 27 homers since the start of the 2015 season.

Upton, who signed a 6-year, $132.75 million contract with the Tigers prior to the 2016 season, would still be owed $88.5 million over the next four seasons. Upton's 162-game average is 28.

Detroit Tigers fans have seen one of the team's best performers depart in a trade. (If you didn't know, yes, you can make trades after July 31.) According to New York Post's Joel Sherman, the Angels will send RHP Grayson Long and either cash or a player to be named later to Detroit. Morosi reports that the Justin Verlander, Shane Greene, and Alex Wilson are all in play before the waiver-trade deadline of midnight tonight.

Angels acquire slugger Justin Upton from Tigers