The Angels are making a splash on the last day of August before the waiver deadline, as, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, they are reportedly close to acquiring outfielder Justin Upton from the Tigers.
The Los Angeles Angels think they have a shot to grab one of the AL wild-card spots and they're betting Justin Upton can help get them there. Thursday is the final day that Major League Baseball teams can complete waiver trades and have the players available to play in the postseason.
Upton thus far this season has a slash line of.279/.362/.542 with 37 doubles, 28 homers, 94 RBI, and 10 stolen bases.
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. Angels manager Mike Scioscia has used Cameron Maybin, Ben Revere and five other players in left this season. He's young enough and potentially under control until 2022, so he *could* sit alongside Trout in the lineup for years to come.
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Rosenthal reports that Upton told the Tigers that he would opt out of his contract for 2018 since the Tigers are in rebuild mode for the future.
Grayson Long, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound right-hander, was part of the deal that sent Upton to the West Coast and lightened the Tigers' payroll.
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. He would have been displaced by Upton joining the Angels.