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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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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

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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. 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

Angels acquired OF Justin Upton from the Tigers for RHP Grayson Long and a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Upton recently informed the Tigers that he is considering opting out of his contract after the 2017 season, so the rebuilding club decided to get something for him. Detroit will cover some of what remains on Upton's $22.125 million salary for 2017 and the Angels will be on the hook for the other $88.5 million -- if he decides not to test free agency. Upton, 30, was sporting a career-high .904 OPS with 28 home runs, 94 RBI, 10 stolen bases, and 81 runs scored through 125 games this season with the Tigers.
Aug 31 - 3:44 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post confirms that the Angels have acquired Justin Upton from the Tigers.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was first to report that a deal was close. Upton is enjoying one of the most productive years of his career at age 30 and there's some thought that he might exercise the opt-out in his contract in November, which would make him a one-month rental for Anaheim. But the Angels are in the thick of the American League Wild Card hunt and are adding one of the top hitters in baseball. In return, Detroit will receive pitching prospect Grayson Long and either a player to be named later or cash.
Aug 31 - 2:25 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels are close to acquiring Justin Upton from the Tigers.

Rosenthal adds that Upton's opt-out clause for after this season is not part of the negotiations, so the Angels would be taking a bit of a risk here that he might only be a rental. The 30-year-old outfielder is owed $88.5 million on a contract that runs through 2021. He holds a career-best .904 OPS with 28 home runs, 94 RBI, 10 stolen bases, and 81 runs scored through 125 games this season with Detroit.
Aug 31 - 2:16 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Giants have expressed interest in acquiring Justin Upton before the August 31 waiver deadline.

Morosi notes, however, that Upton's ability to opt out of his contract this winter presents a major hurdle to the two sides getting a deal done. San Francisco sits in last place in the National League West standings with a record of 53-80 and Upton may try to capitalize on his big 2017 season by again testing free agency. The 30-year-old outfielder would make no sense as a rental for the Giants. But it's not a sure thing that he could fetch $88.5 million (the money he is owed from Detroit) on the open market.
Aug 29 - 9:46 PM

Justin Upton hit his 28th home run of the season, a two-run shot, as the Tigers doubled up the White Sox 6-3 on Saturday.

Upton showed off his prodigious strength in the third inning, driving a Carlos Rodon offering to the opposite field and into the seats in right-center field. He's now homered five times in his last eight games, and Upton's 28 homers, 93 RBI and 79 runs scored are ninth-, third- and eighth-best in the American League, respectively. This is shaping up to be his best offensive year since 2011.
Aug 27 - 12:27 AM

Justin Upton went 2-for-3 with a homer and two walks as the Tigers topped the Yankees 10-6 on Thursday.

Upton also rather nonchalantly took a three-run homer away from Aaron Hicks in the sixth inning. He has 10 homers and 24 RBI in 21 games this month. New career highs in homers (he's at 27, high of 31), RBI (91, high of 102) and OPS (.925, high of .899) all appear well within reach.
Aug 24 - 6:14 PM

Justin Upton launched a two-run homer Sunday in the Tigers' defeat of the Dodgers.

It was a part of a four-run bottom of the sixth inning. Upton now has 26 home runs and 90 RBI for the year along with a sparkling .912 OPS. The 29-year-old outfielder can opt out of his contract with Detroit this offseason, but he'd be leaving $88.5 million on the table.
Aug 20 - 3:51 PM

Depth Charts

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
2Eric Young Jr.
RF1Kole Calhoun
DH1Albert Pujols
Starting Pitcher
S1Ricky Nolasco
2J.C. Ramirez
3Parker Bridwell
4Tyler Skaggs
5Andrew Heaney
6Alex Meyer
7Garrett Richards
8Matt Shoemaker
9Troy Scribner
Relief Pitcher
R1Cam Bedrosian
2Blake Parker
3Bud Norris
4Keynan Middleton
5Yusmeiro Petit
6Jesse Chavez
7Huston Street
8Jose Alvarez
9Andrew Bailey
10Blake Wood
11Fernando Salas
12Jason Gurka
13Noe Ramirez
14Eduardo Paredes