Angels get slugging OF Justin Upton in deal with Tigers

Posted September 02, 2017

The Los Angeles Angels have acquired Detroit Tigers outfielder Justin Upton, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

"We're in such congestion around this wild card, and the games are dwindling down for everybody", Angels general manager Billy Eppler said.

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The Angels have weathered a slew of injuries to their pitching staff and began Thursday at 69-65, one game behind Minnesota in the race for the American League's second wild-card spot.

Part of Upton's contract with the Tigers included a no-trade list that did not have the Angels on it but he has not given them any guarantees regarding whether or not he will exercise his opt-out clause following the season.

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Upton, 30, is hitting.279 with 28 homers and 94 RBIs this season. With the move, they will clear the remainder of Upton's $22.1 this season and the $88.5 million he's owed over the last four years of his deal. Angels manager Mike Scioscia has used Cameron Maybin, Ben Revere and five other players in left this season.

Long, a third-round draft pick out of Texas A&M in 2015, has spent most of this season with the Mobile BayBears, the Angels' Double-A affiliate in Alabama. Once that happened, the Tigers resumed talks with teams to trade the outfielder.

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While this is mostly a salary dump for the rebuilding Tigers, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN says they'll be getting pitcher Grayson Long from the Angels and potentially more. Morosi reports that the Justin Verlander, Shane Greene, and Alex Wilson are all in play before the waiver-trade deadline of midnight tonight.