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Justin Upton | Outfielder | #8

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 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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Justin Upton went 2-for-3 with an RBI against the Marlins on Saturday.
He singled to center to drive in a run in the sixth inning. Upton is now batting .273 with four home runs and 11 RBI through 44 at-bats. He has been a very streaky hitter throughout his career and last year was no exception. He was one of the worst hitters in the league in the early part of 2016 and one of the best in the second half. All things considered he ended up with a .246 batting average, 31 home runs and 87 RBI. He kicked in 9 steals and 81 runs scored to boot. The 10-year veteran is still just 29 years old and makes for an undervalued mid-round pick in fantasy drafts this spring. Mar 18 - 5:38 PM

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Justin Upton hit a three-run homer off the Marlins' Jose Urena on Tuesday.

That's four homers for Upton this spring. He's batting a modest .250 with a 9/1 K/BB ratio in 36 at-bats, but the power stroke is working.
Mar 14 - 4:30 PM

Justin Upton hit a three-run homer Sunday off the Phillies' Clay Buchholz.

He is 4-for-22 with two homers this spring. Upton opened last season hitting second for the Tigers, but he struggled there and he's not a candidate to reprise that role this year. That means he'll probably bat sixth with very little backing him up in the Detroit lineup, something that figures to take a toll on his fantasy value.
Mar 5 - 4:23 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Wednesday that Justin Upton is not a candidate to hit second to begin the season.

It sounds wide open beyond that, as Ausmus said "anybody else" when asked who could potentially fill the role. Upton began last season as the No. 2 hitter, but struggled miserably before eventually showing improvement out of the fifth and sixth spots in the order. Cameron Maybin saw considerable time out of the No. 2 spot last season, as well, but he was traded to the Angels during the offseason. The Tigers will likely try multiple players out of the spot this spring.
Feb 22 - 9:42 AM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press doesn't expect Justin Upton to exercise his opt-out clause after the 2017 season.

As it stands, Upton will earn $88.5 million over the final four years of his deal. If this winter was any indication, that's more than he'd get on the open market. Even big-market squads like the Red Sox seem to be treating the luxury tax threshold like a hard salary cap. Upton matched a career-high with 31 homers in 2016 but only hit .246 while finishing among the league leaders in strikeouts (179 Ks in 570 at-bats). Trading Upton would be difficult given his exorbitant salary, so expect the 29-year-old to be in Detroit for the foreseeable future.
Feb 6 - 11:18 AM

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Tigers will attempt to dump Justin Upton's salary this winter.

In other words, he's available for trade. Upton, who is just one year into a six-year contract, carries a partial no-trade clause that allows him to block deals to 20 teams. The 29-year-old matched a career-high with 31 homers this past season, though Upton's .246 average was his lowest since 2007. He also struck out 179 times, which was fourth-most in the major leagues. Despite finishing just 2.5 games out of a playoff spot this year, Olney said the Tigers will listen to trade offers for anyone including Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera.
Sat, Oct 22, 2016 04:36:00 PM

Justin Upton smashed his 31st home run of the season in a loss to the Braves on Saturday.

Upton's assault on MLB pitchers continues, as he's now hit 13 homers since the beginning of September. He's making up for lost time, likely, given that he was hitting .236/.295/.407 with 18 home runs through the first four months of the year. The 29-year-old's power binge has his overall line up to .247/.312/.468 with 87 RBI and 81 runs scored in 152 games.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 11:25:00 PM

Justin Upton homered for the second consecutive day, helping to power the Tigers to an 8-3 victory over the Royals in Friday's series-opener at Comerica Park.

The victory, the club's fifth straight, keeps the Tigers in the driver's seat for a wild card berth in the American League. Teammates Victor Martinez and Cameron Maybin also left the yard in the ballgame. Upton has been on an absolute tear since receiving three days off to clear his head last month, hitting .292 (31-for-106) with 14 homers and 35 RBI over his last 30 games.
Fri, Sep 23, 2016 10:24:00 PM

Justin Upton hit his 26th homer and walked twice Thursday as the Tigers topped the Twins 9-2 in the first game of a doubleheader.

Upton has eight homers in September after not hitting more than five in any previous month. He's still not hitting for average at all, but the Tigers still have to be thrilled about the production.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 07:02:00 PM

Justin Upton blasted a pair of home runs and drove home four as the Tigers dropped the opener of their three-game series against the Indians on Friday.

Upton got the Tigers on the board with a solo shot off of Corey Kluber in the second inning. He then launched a three-run homer in the sixth that pulled the Tigers to within two runs at 6-4, but that would be the extent of their offensive output. He finished the night 2-for-3 plus a walk and is now slashing .238/.299/.431 with 24 homers and 74 RBI on the season.
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 10:48:00 PM

Justin Upton (calf) is back in the Tigers' starting lineup Wednesday night against the Twins.

He will start in left field and bat sixth versus Twins right-hander Tyler Duffey after missing just one game with a minor left calf strain. Upton has an improved .810 OPS with 13 home runs and 32 RBI over 51 games so far in the second half. He's tallied four homers and 11 RBI in 10 games this month.
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 03:28:00 PM

Justin Upton (calf) is not in the Tigers' starting lineup Tuesday versus the Twins.

Upton suffered a left calf strain on Monday and will get at least one day to recover. Tyler Collins will take his place in the lineup.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 03:34:00 PM

Justin Upton is day-to-day with a left calf strain.

Upton was forced to exit Monday's game against the Twins after three innings. It doesn't sound like a major concern, but fantasy owners would do well to have a backup plan in the next few days just in case.
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 08:22:00 PM

Justin Upton exited Monday's game against the Twins after three innings.

No word yet on the reason for the early exit, but the Tigers should pass along an update soon. Tyler Collins took his place in left field to begin the fourth inning.
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 08:14:00 PM

Justin Upton went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in Wednesday's 7-4 loss to the White Sox.

Upton socked a three-run home run off Jose Quintana with nobody out in the second inning. The bomb was his 22nd of the season. In addition, he is now slashing .241/.298/.430 and has driven in 70 runs over 498 at-bats. The 29-year-old outfielder has been crushing the ball of late and has notched five homers and 13 RBI over his last 10 games.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 06:19:00 PM

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C1James McCann
2Alex Avila
3Miguel Gonzalez
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
2Juan Perez
3Jim Adduci
CF1Tyler Collins
2Mikie Mahtook
3JaCoby Jones
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Justin Verlander
2Michael Fulmer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Daniel Norris
5Matt Boyd
Relief Pitcher
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Shane Greene
3Justin Wilson
4Bruce Rondon
5Alex Wilson
6Kyle Ryan
7Daniel Stumpf
8Anibal Sanchez