Tigers trade Justin Upton to Angels

Tigers trade Justin Upton to Angels

Tigers All-Star outfielder Justin Upton is on the move to the Angels, according to multiple reports.

However, Los Angeles is likely mostly thinking about the present: They're 11 games behind the Astros in the AL West but are sitting just one game back behind the Twins for the second wild card spot in the AL.

While July 31 is the non-waiver trade deadline, teams can make deals through August 31 if a player either clears waivers or is claimed by the team acquiring him.

Getting Upton on Thursday instead of Friday could make a huge difference for the Halos.

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So far this season, Upton has accounted for 28 home runs and 94 RBI while sporting a.379 wOBA, his highest since the 2011 season. He's young enough and potentially under control until 2022, so he *could* sit alongside Trout in the lineup for years to come. If you were to stay with Anaheim, it would be costly for the Angels.

Upton, who signed a 6-year, $132.75 million contract with the Tigers prior to the 2016 season, would still be owed $88.5 million over the next four seasons.

Still, it's an obvious need for the Angels. Or it could help the Angels move past the Yankees in the final month of the season. Another report says that the Tigers will get pitcher Grayson Long as well as send the Angels a large chunk of cash to offload the contract. Once that happened, the Tigers resumed talks with teams to trade the outfielder.

For a player to be eligible for a team's postseason roster, he must be with the organization prior to the start of September.

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