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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
Contract: view contract details
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Justin Upton blasted a three-run home run in the first inning on Saturday, powering the Tigers to a 4-1 victory over the Twins in Minnesota.
Upton tagged Twins hurler Tyler Duffey with the massive blast in the first inning, putting the Twins in an early hole they'd be unable to dig out of. He finished the afternoon 1-for-4 with a strikeout and is now hitting .221/.242/.326 with two long balls and eight RBI on the season. Apr 30 - 5:07 PM

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Justin Upton has been dropped to the fifth spot in the Tigers' lineup Wednesday.

J.D. Martinez will bat second as Tigers manager Brad Ausmus tries to light a spark. Upton, a $132.75 million offseason signing, has batted just .208/.235/.299 in 19 games for Detroit. He also leads MLB in strikeouts.
Apr 27 - 3:39 PM

Justin Upton delivered an RBI double in the sixth inning on Friday, accounting for the Tigers lone run in a loss to the Indians.

While the run-scoring double was a welcomed sight, Upton still finished the night 1-for-4 with another pair of strikeouts. He has really struggled at the dish in the early going with his new team, slashing a mere .227/.261/.333 with a league-leading 27 strikeouts in 66 at-bats.
Apr 22 - 10:12 PM

Justin Upton was ejected from Sunday's game against the Astros when he threw his bat after taking a called third strike to end the seventh inning.

The Tigers were trailing by a run at the time and had the tying run on first base in the form of Anthony Gose when Upton took what he perceived to be a questionable strike from Pat Neshek. Tyler Collins replaced him in left field for the Tigers.
Apr 17 - 4:48 PM

Justin Upton finished 4-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored in the Tigers' 8-2 rout of the Pirates on Tuesday afternoon at Comerica Park.

Upton hit a solo bomb off Pirates starter Juan Nicasio in the bottom of the first inning, an RBI single off Nicasio in the bottom of the second inning, and then singled against the Pittsburgh bullpen in the fourth and sixth. The well-compensated corner outfielder is batting .333/.357/.556 in six games with Detroit.
Apr 12 - 4:37 PM

Justin Upton came alive with two homers as part of a 4-for-4 day in leading the Tigers to a 6-5 win over the Phillies on Saturday.

Upton had been without a homer while hitting .189 in 37 at-bats this spring. The Tigers are planning on batting him second ahead of Miguel Cabrera this year. We're always a little nervous about NL hitters coming to the AL for the first time, but he's in such a great situation that he still has to rate as a top-15 outfielder.
Mar 26 - 4:56 PM

Justin Upton (ankle) singled and drew a walk in four plate appearances Thursday in his return to action.

Upton exited Wednesday's game after rolling his left ankle in a near-collision with Anthony Gose, but obviously he'll be alright. "I talked to him this morning, and he said he was good to go," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "It wasn't the spike, it was Gose's foot that landed on top of [Upton's ankle] and caused it to roll."
Mar 10 - 7:34 PM

Justin Upton left Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals for precautionary reasons.

Anthony Gose stepped on Upton's left ankle on a near collision in left center field. Upton is likely headed for X-rays. This is the last thing the Tigers needed after losing Cameron Maybin to a broken wrist last week. Tyler Collins would slot in as the everyday left fielder if Upton faces a lengthy absence.
Mar 9 - 2:41 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced Sunday that Justin Upton would bat second in their exhibition opener against Florida Southern College on Monday.

It's not a certainty that it's where Upton will hit during the regular season, but it seems to be the direction that Ausmus is currently leaning. Ian Kinsler will hit in the leadoff spot, with Upton followed by Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 28 - 8:35 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1James McCann
2Jarrod Saltalamacchia
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Mike Aviles
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Cameron Maybin
2Anthony Gose
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Jordan Zimmermann
3Anibal Sanchez
4Mike Pelfrey
5Shane Greene
6Michael Fulmer
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Mark Lowe
3Justin Wilson
4Alex Wilson
5Blaine Hardy
6Drew VerHagen
7Kyle Ryan
8Angel Nesbitt