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Justin Upton | Outfielder | #8

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 went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Royals.
Upton burned Jake Junis for a solo home run in the fourth inning. He's now gone yard four times on the season. In addition to the quartet of bombs, the veteran outfielder is slashing .297/.360/.531 and has driven in 11 runs across 16 games played. Apr 14 - 11:36 PM

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Justin Upton went 3-for-5 with a run scored in a win over the Royals on Thursday.

Upton picked up three singles in the contest, the fifth multi-hit game this year for the 30-year-old. Upton has gotten off to a relatively quick start to the year, batting .296/.369/.519 with three homers, 10 RBI and 11 runs scored in 14 games. He's also stolen two bases on the young season for good measure.
Apr 13 - 12:43 AM

Justin Upton finished Saturday's game against the Athletics with a double, a home run and two RBI across four at-bats.

Upton has homered in back-to-back games with five RBI, and he has three clouts over the past four outings. The homer made up for a defensive gaffe he made trying to track down a ball in the outfield, losing it in the lights. He is smack dab in the middle of an impressive Angels lineup and he has the potential to still be one of the best run producers in the game. It seems like Upton has been around forever, but he is still just 30 years old and in the prime of his career.
Apr 8 - 2:54 AM

Justin Upton went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and a double as the Angels topped the A's 13-9 on Friday.

The A's jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the top of the second, but the Angels clawed their way back, with Upton giving them their first lead by homering in the bottom of the seventh. It was Upton's second homer, and it helped lift the Angels to an early 6-2 record.
Apr 7 - 1:59 AM

Justin Upton finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run, two runs scored and an RBI in Tuesday's 13-2 victory against Cleveland.

Upton took Indians starter Josh Tomlin deep for one of four homers the righty served up. He has picked up at least one RBI in three of his past four outings. He is hitting in the middle of an improved Angels lineup and he is well on his way to being one of the better run producers in the American League.
Apr 4 - 3:51 AM

Justin Upton crushed a three-run homer to help the Angels beat the Rangers 4-3 on Sunday in the Cactus League.

It's the second homer of the spring for Upton, and it comes off of Erik Goeddel. He's hitting the ball with authority in Arizona, which is a good sign for the Angels who expect him to hit in the middle of the order. As long as he stays healthy, he should be among the better run-producers in the American League this season.
Mar 11 - 6:49 PM

Justin Upton went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI Sunday in a 7-6 win over the Rockies in the Cactus League.

The two-run shot off of Scott Oberg in the bottom of the fifth was the first dinger of the spring for Upton. Signed to a reworked five-year, $106 million contract in November, Upton will get a chance to hit in the middle of the improved Angels lineup in 2018. Consistency has been a problem for the 30-year-old, but if he plays up to his potential this could be a massive 2018 campaign for him.
Mar 4 - 6:21 PM

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.
Thu, Nov 2, 2017 12:41:00 PM

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.
Thu, Nov 2, 2017 11:00:00 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."
Fri, Oct 13, 2017 04:08:00 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.
Tue, Oct 3, 2017 09:17:00 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.
Mon, Oct 2, 2017 12:12:00 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.
Mon, Sep 25, 2017 12:00:00 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.
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 04:26:00 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.
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 03:11:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Martin Maldonado
2Rene Rivera
1B1Luis Valbuena
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Zack Cozart
2Jefry Marte
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Mike Trout
RF1Kole Calhoun
2Chris Young
DH1Albert Pujols
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Garrett Richards
2Shohei Ohtani
3Matt Shoemaker
4Andrew Heaney
5Tyler Skaggs
6Nick Tropeano
7Jaime Barria
8J.C. Ramirez
9Alex Meyer
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Blake Parker
2Cam Bedrosian
3Jim Johnson
4Keynan Middleton
5Jose Alvarez
6Noe Ramirez
7Blake Wood