Detroit Tigers trade OF Justin Upton

Ruben Hill
September 2, 2017

Meantime, the American League's best team, the Astros, got a little bit stronger by acquiring former Cy Young Award-winner Justin Verlander from the Tigers for three prospects.

Upton is slashing.279/.362/.542 this season with 28 home runs. He's a four-time All-Star in 11 seasons with Arizona, Atlanta, San Diego and Detroit.

The Detroit Tigers are "close" to trading outfielder Justin Upton to the Angels, according to reports.

Upton determined he was leaning towards opting out of his contract at the end of the season, and the Angels were more than happy to take on the remaining amount he's owed this season. And if he decides against opting out of his deal because the market for corner bats has potentially dried up, well, the Angels could do a lot worse than $88.5 million spread out over four years for a guy who can actually hit and just turned 30 days ago.

Long, 23, posted a combined 2.69 ERA with a 125/42 K/BB ratio in 133 2/3 innings between High-A Inland Empire and Double-A Mobile this season in the Angels' minor league system.

Trade talks started to heat up once it became clear that the Detroit Tigers have given up on the 2017 season and are now in rebuilding mode.

The Angels are now only a game behind the Minnesota Twins for the second wild card spot in the American League.

Reynolds said he and Upton spoke with Tigers GM Al Avila recently to gauge the direction the Tigers plan to take. Upton now has 28 home runs and a.904 OPS so he's a huge upgrade for Los Angeles. Angels manager Mike Scioscia has used Cameron Maybin, Ben Revere and five other players in left this season.

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