The Los Angeles Angels have a deal in place to acquire All-Star outfielder Justin Upton from the Detroit Tigers, a source close to the situation has informed FanRag Sports.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was the first to report that a deal was close while ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick has added that the Tigers will be landing pitching prospect Grayson Long in the deal.
Upton has been enjoying a terrific season. The 30-year-old currently owns a slash line of .279/.362/.542 with 28 home runs and 94 RBIs over 520 plate appearances in what has been a very impressive bounce-back year. After the Tigers signed him to a six-year, $133 million deal back in January 2016, Upton went on to slash just .246/.310/.465 during his first season in the “Motor City.” However, the power was certainly there as Upton smacked 31 long balls and drove in 87 runs. It is also worth noting that Upton’s .904 OPS this season is the highest of his career.
A four-time All-Star, the veteran slugger was originally selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the first overall pick of the 2005 MLB June Amateur Draft. Upton broke into the major leagues in 2007, playing in 43 games and slashing .221/.283/.364 with two home runs and 11 RBIs across 152 trips to the dish. The following year, he slashed .250/.353/.463 while connecting with 15 dingers and driving in 42 runs through 417 plate appearances. He broke out in a big way during his third season, posting a slash line of .300/.366/532 with 26 homers and 86 RBIs over 588 trips to the plate and making his first All-Star team.
Upton was then traded to the Atlanta Braves in January 2013 and then from the Braves to the San Diego Padres in December 2014.