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Justin Upton | Outfielder | #9

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 1 (1) / ARZ
Contract: view contract details
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Angels signed OF Justin Upton to a five-year, $106 million contract.
Upton was considering opting out of the remaining four years and $88.5 million left on his deal, but the Angels did not want him to get away after a short two-month stay and so they tacked on another year (and another $17.5 million) to keep him in the fold. Upton, 30, posted a career-best .901 OPS with 35 home runs and 109 RBI in 152 games this season between Detroit and Anaheim. He should be poised for a big 2018 hitting directly behind Mike Trout. Nov 2 - 12:41 PM

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Angels GM Billy Eppler said this week that he's been having "dialogue" with Justin Upton about the 30-year-old outfielder's contract status.

Upton can opt out of the remaining four years and $88.5 million on his current deal and test the free agent market this winter, but it sounds like Eppler and Co. will do everything possible to keep him from leaving Anaheim after a short nine-week stay. Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register suggested last month that the Angels could renegotiate Upton's contract, "perhaps adding an extra year or increasing the salary, to encourage him to stay." The deadline for Upton's opt-out decision is Saturday at midnight.
Nov 2 - 11:00 AM

The Angels could renegotiate Justin Upton's contract, "perhaps adding an extra year or increasing the salary, to encourage him to stay," according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.

Upton has four years and $88.5 million remaining on his deal and will have to choose whether to opt out of his contract within three days after the end of the World Series. The feeling is that he'll indeed exercise that option, but the Angels want to keep him and could potentially work out a new contract with the outfielder before he officially hits the open market. General manager Billy Eppler said Friday that he and Upton's agent, Larry Reynolds, recently had a "positive conversation" and "there is dialogue going on."
Oct 13 - 4:08 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that "it’s increasingly likely" Justin Upton will exercise the opt-out clause in his contract and test free agency.

Upton has four years and $88.5 million remaining on his contract, but he's leaning toward taking the chance to do better on the free agent market. He'd be one of the best bats available alongside J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer, and Mike Moustakas. The 30-year-old posted career-highs in home runs (35), RBI (109), and OPS (.901) this season between the Tigers and Angels. Assuming he opts out, he won't have to worry about a qualifying offer this time around.
Oct 3 - 9:17 AM

Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Sunday that he plans to talk to Justin Upton’s agent this month to "express exactly how we feel about him."

Upton was acquired from the Tigers on August 31, but he has the option to remain with the Angels or opt out of the four years and $88.5 million remaining on his contract. Power is plentiful in the game right now and Upton had a hard enough time in free agency before finally finding a home two offseasons ago, so it should be an interesting call. He has until three days after the World Series to make a decision. The 30-year-old batted .273/.361/.540 with 35 homers and 109 RBI over 152 games this season.
Oct 2 - 12:12 PM

Justin Upton homered and stole a base as the Angels defeated the Astros on Sunday night in Houston.

Upton opened the scoring in the ballgame with a run-scoring fielder's choice in the third. He went on to add an extremely-valuable insurance run with a solo shot off of Luke Gregerson in the eighth. He's now hitting .279/.366/.555 with career-bests of 35 homers and 108 RBI in what has been the finest offensive season of his career.
Sep 25 - 12:00 AM

Justin Upton cracked a pair of solo home runs during a loss to the Astros on Saturday.

His two bombs accounted for the only runs his team would score on the afternoon as their wild card hopes took a punch to the nose. Upton went yard off starter Charlie Morton in the seventh inning and again off reliever Will Harris in the ninth. The 30-year-old outfielder is having the best season of his career with new personal highs in home runs and RBI. He has a .279 batting average with 34 homers, 106 RBI, 97 runs and 11 stolen bases in 145 games.
Sep 23 - 4:26 PM

Justin Upton finished 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 6-3 loss at home against Cleveland.

Upton's homer was the 32nd of the season, setting a new career high. He has held up his end of the bargain since coming over from the Tigers, posting five doubles, four home runs and 10 RBI across 56 at-bats over 16 games with the Halos.
Sep 20 - 3:11 AM

Justin Upton belted a pair of solo home runs while adding a walk in Saturday's win against the Rangers.

Upton provided the only offense in the game, belting a pair of homers off of left-hander Cole Hamels. He is on fire lately, posting three homers with eight RBI over the past eight games. Upton also hasn't struck out in either of the past two games. It's the first time he has back-to-back games without a strikeout since July 18-19 when he was a member of the Tigers.
Sep 17 - 2:26 AM

Justin Upton went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Wednesday's loss to the A's.

Upton had recorded a hit in each of his first five games with the Angels since being traded over from the Tigers at the end of August, but saw that little streak snapped in Wednesday's contest. In 131 games between the two teams this season, the veteran outfielder is slashing .280/.368/.535 with 28 homers and 95 RBI.
Sep 6 - 6:55 PM

Justin Upton (hip) is in the Angels' lineup Monday against the Athletics.

Upton was removed from Sunday's game due to cramping in his hip caused by dehydration, but it's not a major concern. He'll hit third against Chris Smith.
Sep 4 - 1:34 PM

Justin Upton was removed from Sunday's game against the Rangers due to cramping in his hip caused by dehydration.

It was odd that the fleet-footed Upton was lifted for a pinch-runner late in the ballgame and now we know the reason. Upton said afterwards that he's fine and expects to be in the starting lineup for Monday's series-opener against the Athletics.
Sep 3 - 8:26 PM

Justin Upton went 2-for-5 with a walk and two runs scored in his Angels’ debut Friday against the Rangers.

Upton scored after reaching on a double in the fifth and later added a single in the eighth before being intentionally walked in the ninth. HIs debut wasn’t all positive, as he dropped a fly ball in the second inning which opened the door for a three-run second inning for the Rangers. Still, he should be a major upgrade offensively in left field.
Sep 2 - 1:12 AM

Justin Upton is starting in left field and batting third in his Angels debut Friday.

It's a new-look lineup for the Halos that features Brandon Phillips in the leadoff spot, Mike Trout hitting second, Upton third and Albert Pujols cleanup. Obviously, Upton is going to get plenty of chances to drive in runs with the best player in baseball batting ahead of him.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: With the additions of Phillips and Upton, the Angels now have a very formidable lineup against lefties. Upton brings a .388 ISO against left-handed pitching into the heart of the Angels order that already possesses Mike Trout and C.J. Cron (.317 ISO vs. LHP), so stacking them up in the Texas heat against a struggling Cole Hamels has plenty of GPP upside on the main slate. Many people may still overlook the Angels until the new lineup starts to explode.
Sep 1 - 4:31 PM

In the wake of Thursday's trade to the Angels, Justin Upton says his contract opt-out is "something we haven't discussed."

Upton is owed $22.125 million per year through 2021, but he can opt out and become a free agent this winter. That's something the Tigers were expecting him to do, especially given the path to non-contention that they're on. Upton could reconsider if he likes Anaheim, but it's a decision to be made in October, not now.
Aug 31 - 4:54 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Martin Maldonado
2Juan Graterol
3Carlos Perez
1B1Luis Valbuena
2C.J. Cron
3Jefry Marte
2B1Brandon Phillips
2Kaleb Cowart
3Cliff Pennington
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Nolan Fontana
3B1Yunel Escobar
LF1Justin Upton
2Ben Revere
3Shane Robinson
CF1Mike Trout
2Michael Hermosillo
RF1Kole Calhoun
DH1Albert Pujols
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Ricky Nolasco
2J.C. Ramirez
3Parker Bridwell
4Tyler Skaggs
5Andrew Heaney
6Alex Meyer
7Garrett Richards
8Matt Shoemaker
9Troy Scribner
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cam Bedrosian
2Blake Parker
3Bud Norris
4Keynan Middleton
5Yusmeiro Petit
6Jesse Chavez
7Huston Street
8Jose Alvarez
9Andrew Bailey
10Blake Wood
11Fernando Salas
12Deolis Guerra
13Noe Ramirez
14Eduardo Paredes