Angels close to acquiring Justin Upton from Tigers

Angels close to acquiring Justin Upton from Tigers

Javier Howell
September 1, 2017

The Detroit Tigers are "close" to trading outfielder Justin Upton to the Angels, according to reports. With the Angels clearly planning to contend for the remainder of this season and into the future, Upton's value should remain strong for years to come.

A couple hours later, the Angels confirmed the reports that Upton was traded to the Halos. His next home run will be the 250th of his career.

This is Long's second full season in pro baseball after being drafted by the Angels in the third round out of Texas A&M in 2015.

Detroit won't simply give away their best pitcher, but it appears that they are more than willing to send Verlander to a team that will give up young players and pay the right-hander's contract.

Long will finish the final days of the 2017 season with the Class AA Erie Seawolves.

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The Astros acquired Cameron Maybin from the Angels the team announced Thursday. But the Angels also get major payroll relief this winter with the expiration of several large contracts, including that of Josh Hamilton, whom they are paying $26 million this year despite the fact that he is not playing.

The current left fielder for the Angels is Ben Revere and while he has a respectable.261 batting average, he has only produced one home run and 18 RBIs on the season while sporting a sub-.300 OBP at just.298 on the season.

One of the Yankees' top competitors for an American League wild-card berth just made one of the bigger August trades in recent MLB history.

He is owed almost $90 million over the remaining life of his contract, which expires in 2021, and he makes just over $22 million per season.