Detroit Tigers trade Justin Upton to Angels


Jerry Crasnick reports the Tigers will get pitcher Grayson Long from the Angels.

Upton, 30, has a.279 (128x459) batting average with a.904 OPS, 81 runs scored, 37 doubles, 28 home runs and 94 RBI over 125 games this season. He's a four-time All-Star in 11 seasons with Arizona, Atlanta, San Diego and Detroit.

The Angels, who began Thursday one game behind the Twins for the second wild-card spot and two games back of the Yankees for the first spot, acquired slugger Justin Upton from the Tigers, The Athletic reported. They finally get Josh Hamilton's massive contract off their books after this season, and should Upton have a change of heart and opt-in to the remaining four years of his deal his $88.5 million would essentially replace Hamilton's.

Larry Reynolds, Upton's agent, said the player has yet to decide whether he'll opt out. In the midst of a 58-74 season and with a bloated payroll, Detroit is reportedly in talks to move ace Justin Verlander in addition to Upton, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi.

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.

"I think Al made a good decision", Reynolds said of Detroit's decision to trade Upton. Upton now has 28 home runs and a.904 OPS so he's a huge upgrade for Los Angeles.

Upton has started 124 games in left field for Detroit this season and upgrades a position of need in Anaheim. They've combined for a.244/.315/.341 slash line and hit seven home runs in 492 at-bats.