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Justin Upton | Outfielder | #8

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 1 (1) / ARZ
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Tigers signed OF Justin Upton to a six-year, $132.75 million contract.
The deal was reported on Monday and it's now official. Upton's market was rather quiet for most of the winter, but he ended up doing very well for himself. According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, he can make $22.125 million for each year of the six-year deal. Upton gets an opt-out after the second year, so, assuming he remains productive, he'll be able to test free agency again going into his age-30 season. Tigers fans have to be thrilled that owner Mike Ilitch was willing to go over the luxury tax threshold for a major upgrade in left field, even if Upton is only around for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Jan 20 - 2:36 PM

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Justin Upton will undergo a pre-signing physical with the Tigers on Wednesday.

The Tigers have tentatively scheduled a press conference Thursday to officially announce the signing. Upton will reportedly receive a six-year, $132.75 million contract, which includes an opt-out after the second year. The Tigers' first-round pick for 2016 is protected and the club has already surrendered their second-round pick for Jordan Zimmermann, so adding the 28-year-old Upton will cost the club their third-round pick.
Jan 19 - 11:42 AM

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that Justin Upton is "close to a deal" with the Tigers.

There had been some speculation that Upton might have to settle for a one-year contract and then try free agency again next winter, but FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says he'll be getting a six-year, $132.75 deal that includes an opt-out after the second year. It's a reasonable commitment for the Tigers, especially considering Upton is just 28. He'll take over as Detroit's left fielder.
Jan 18 - 9:31 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Tigers are "in discussions" with Justin Upton.

The market for Upton has been slow to develop, but it should pick up steam now with Chris Davis and Alex Gordon coming off the board. The feeling has been for a while that the Tigers probably wouldn't be in on one of the marquee free agent bats, but they've now been connected to both Yoenis Cespedes and Upton in the last 24 hours. It appears that owner Mike Ilitch is ready to open up the checkbook.
Jan 18 - 9:17 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times suggests that free agents Justin Upton and Ian Desmond could be possibilities for the Rays if either is willing to accept a one-year "pillow" contract.

The Rays have never been big players in free agency but with Upton and Desmond failing to attract much interest, this could be the time to strike. Topkin acknowledges that both players are attached to draft pick compensation, which would involve some "extremely creative negotiating." While Upton and Desmond are probably long shots to end up in Tampa, the Rays could split the difference by targeting cheaper options like Pedro Alvarez or Steve Pearce. The Rays are known to be in the market for a hitter.
Jan 16 - 11:59 PM

Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said in an interview on SiriusXM Sunday that the club will "continue to monitor" Justin Upton's status.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported last week that Texas was interested in Upton but preferred him on a one-year contract. There's been some buzz that he might wind up settling for a one-year deal, although his agent, Larry Reynolds, said Friday that he's still seeking a multi-year pact for his client. Upton batted .251/.336/.454 with 26 homers and 81 RBI for the Padres last season.
Jan 10 - 12:21 PM

Justin Upton's agent, Larry Reynolds, told MLB Network's Jon Heyman Friday that he and his client "are not considering shorter term deals at this time."

"The goal has been and will continue to be a long-term contract for Justin Upton," Reynolds added. There's been some speculation, including from Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports earlier Friday, that Upton might wind up taking a one-year deal and then try free agency out again next winter. However, it doesn't appear that things have reached that point. The Orioles reportedly will consider Upton if Chris Davis rejects their contract extension offer.
Jan 8 - 4:33 PM

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan said in an interview on CBS 920 in St. Louis on Friday that it's possible Justin Upton could sign a one-year contract.

The outfield market has been relatively slow-moving this winter, and it's possible Upton believes taking a one-year deal now and trying again next offseason is the move, especially with the next free agent class looking weak. If the 28-year-old indeed prefers a one-year pact at this point, there would be numerous suitors lining up at the chance to sign him. Upton batted .251/.336/.454 with 26 homers and 81 RBI for the Padres in 2015.
Jan 8 - 10:34 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers are interested in signing free agent Justin Upton, but only if he will accept a one-year contract.

Upton might be budgeted out of the Rangers' shopping cart, as he's almost certainly going to end up with multi-year offers from other clubs. On Wednesday, FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reported that he's a potential Plan B for the Orioles should their seven-year, $154 million offer to Chris Davis fall through. The White Sox were also linked to the 28-year-old outfielder in late December. Upton posted a .790 OPS with 26 homers, 81 RBI, and 19 stolen bases in 150 games last season for the Padres.
Jan 6 - 4:25 PM

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports hears that the Orioles are keeping in touch with Justin Upton as a fallback if they are unable to re-sign Chris Davis.

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Tuesday that the Orioles were holding firm with their seven-year, $154 million offer to Davis. It's unclear how far they'd be willing to go for Upton, but they are keeping their options open. Yoenis Cespedes could also be a possibility.
Jan 6 - 10:04 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe mentioned the White Sox as a "possible destination" for Justin Upton.

It's unclear if the White Sox have actually shown any interest or if Cafardo is just inferring. According to Cafardo, the White Sox would like to add "one more significant hitter" after trading for Todd Frazier last week. Cafardo also notes that teams are worried about Upton's effort and that his lack of passion could be the reason his market has been slow to develop.
Source: Boston Globe
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 09:20:00 PM

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that the market for free agent outfielder Justin Upton has intensified since Jason Heyward signed with the Cubs.

The news certainly comes as no surprise, as the rest of the outfield market should begin falling into place now that the first big domino has fallen. The Orioles, Giants and Angels have all expressed interest in the five-tool outfielder.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 10:23:00 PM

ESPN's Jim Bowden reports Justin Upton's market is "picking up steam," with the Orioles, Giants and Angels involved.

Each team has been linked to the free agent outfielder at some point this winter. Upton's market will likely heat up even more once Jason Heyward signs somewhere.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 05:50:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles have met with Justin Upton's agent.

The Orioles are trying to retain Chris Davis and have reportedly made him an offer in the range of $150 million, but a resolution doesn't appear imminent, so it's understandable that they are looking at alternatives. Upton will likely be looking at similar money to the offer the Orioles already made to Davis.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 10:26:00 AM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Angels and the representatives for free agent outfielder Justin Upton are having ongoing conversations.

The Angels have an obvious need in left field and owner Arte Moreno hasn't dismissed the possibility that the club could potentially surpass the luxury tax threshold. They'd likely have to do it to land any of the big-name outfielders on the market. Morosi hears that the Angels have also discussed signing Jason Heyward and moving Kole Calhoun to left field.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 03:54:00 PM