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Melvin Upton | Outfielder | #7

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (32) / 8/21/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 1 (2) / TB
Contract: view contract details
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Melvin Upton clubbed his 20th home run of the season and swiped his 26th base, leading the Blue Jays to a 3-2 victory over the Red Sox in a critical divisional matchup.
Upton got the scoring started in the ballgame with a two-run blast off of Eduardo Rodriguez in the second inning. It's the fourth time that Upton has gone 20/20 in his career, but the first time he's accomplished the feat since he was a member of the Rays in 2012. He finished the afternoon 1-for-3 plus a walk and is now hitting .246/.296/.418 on the season. Sep 10 - 4:35 PM

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Melvin Upton went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and a stolen base Thursday against the Angels.

He scored two of the Jays' three runs in the contest. It took Upton a little bit of time to find his footing in Toronto, but he's now got 11 hits in his last 36 at-bats, including three homers and two doubles. He's hitting just .217 since the trade, but Upton is batting .248/.294/.422 with 19 homers and 24 steals on the year.
Aug 25 - 11:05 PM

Melvin Upton went 2-for-3 with a homer, a walk, three RBI, and two runs scored Wednesday in the Blue Jays' victory over the Yankees.

Upton scored the Jays' second run of the afternoon on a Darwin Barney double in the top of the second inning before slugging a three-run blast off CC Sabathia in the top of the fifth. He also singled in the fourth. It was easily his most productive game since joining the Blue Jays via trade on July 26. He entered the day batting just .190 with a .415 OPS over 62 plate appearances in a Toronto uniform.
Aug 17 - 4:16 PM

Melvin Upton went 1-for-3 with a walk and stole three bases on Wednesday.

The trio of bags improves his season total to 23 steals. He is batting .244 with 16 homers, 47 runs and 46 RBI. He has seen his playing time cut since being traded from the Padres to the Blue Jays. He may get more at-bats now that Kevin Pillar has hit the disabled list.
Aug 10 - 10:46 PM

Melvin Upton is batting cleanup in his first start with the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

Upton was acquired from San Diego on Tuesday morning in exchange for pitching prospect Hansel Rodriguez. He will start in left field over Michael Saunders with the Padres throwing right-hander Luis Perdomo.
Jul 27 - 10:27 AM

Blue Jays acquired OF Melvin Upton and cash considerations from the Padres for RHP Hansel Rodriguez.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Padres will cover all but $5 million of the roughly $22 million remaining on Upton's contract. The 31-year-old has enjoyed a resurgent season with the Padres and will provide some depth and versatility to the Blue Jays' outfield. While the ballpark change is a positive, he might lose a couple of starts a week and probably won't run as much. His fantasy value takes a bit of a dip with the trade. Since the Padres are in Toronto this week, Upton will just have to switch dugouts on Tuesday.
Jul 26 - 11:04 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays have agreed to acquire outfielder Melvin Upton from the Padres.

The Padres are expected to receive a Class A prospect in return. No word yet on the financial details, but the deal is expected to be finalized on Tuesday. Upton is batting .256/.304/.439 with 16 home runs, 45 RBI, and 20 steals across 95 games this season and should add some versatility to Toronto's outfield. The addition could allow Jose Bautista to see more time out of the designated hitter spot and Edwin Encarnacion to play more first base. Upton is still under contract (for $16.45 million) next season, which is notable with Bautista, Encarnacion, and Michael Saunders due to hit free agency this winter. The Padres are expected to pick up some of the tab.
Jul 26 - 8:10 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays are the "front-runners" for Padres outfielder Melvin Upton.

Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported over the weekend that the Orioles and Blue Jays were the leaders in pursuit for Upton, but it appears that Toronto has emerged as the favorite in the past day or so. Rosenthal hears that the Indians are also in the mix. Upton has enjoyed a resurgent season in San Diego, batting .256/.304/.439 with 16 home runs, 45 RBI, and 20 steals across 95 games. He's under contract for $16.45 million next season.
Jul 25 - 9:54 PM

Melvin Upton is out of the Padres' lineup for a second straight day Monday.

It's obviously a bit curious as Upton's name continues to float in trade rumors, but Padres manager Andy Green said that nothing is done yet and that the decision was made to give him a couple of days off. It still sounds very likely he'll be traded by August 1. Alex Dickerson will start in left field again Monday.
Jul 25 - 5:46 PM

Melvin Upton is not in the Padres' lineup Sunday.

It's interesting, obviously, with the rumors floating around regarding Upton being traded soon. For now, though, it doesn't appear anything is imminent. Alex Dickerson is in left field.
Jul 24 - 11:05 AM

Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Orioles and Blue Jays are the leaders in the pursuit of Melvin Upton.

The interest in Upton has certainly intensified in the past day or so, and it's looking increasingly likely that he'll be wearing a new uniform in August. While a park shift away from Petco Park could seem like a boon to his fantasy value, he hasn't handled changes of scenery well in the past, and isn't likely to land with a manager as willing to run as Andy Green has been this season.
Jul 23 - 11:23 AM

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Blue Jays have discussed Melvin Upton and Andrew Cashner with the Padres.

Rosenthal notes that it's unclear if the Jays would have interest in just Upton if they can't get Cashner. The Padres seem to be pitting potential suitors against one another in an effort to drive up the price on their available pieces. Where there's this much smoke, there's usually fire, so don't be surprised to see some sort of deal get done in the next couple of days.
Jul 23 - 8:47 AM

Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Indians have had conversations with the Padres in recent weeks about Melvin Upton.

Olney notes that while the two clubs have talked, nothing is close regarding a potential deal. The interest around Upton has picked up considerably in the last couple of days and it looks like there's a strong likelihood that he could get moved before next week's trade deadline. The Orioles are reported to be in negotiations for him as well.
Jul 23 - 7:51 AM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Orioles have talked to the Padres about Melvin Upton.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported earlier in the day that the Padres had told suitors that they were close to dealing Upton, and perhaps it's the O's who are hot on the trail after losing Joey Rickard for the next 4-to-6 weeks. It would certainly be an upgrade in home ballpark for Upton.
Jul 22 - 10:53 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Padres are telling interested teams that they're getting close to trading Melvin Upton Jr.

While it could just be posturing on the Padres end to drive up his potential trade value, it sounds as through they are serious about dealing the veteran outfielder. He's in the midst of a terrific bounceback season, slashing .260/.309/.448 with 16 homers, 44 RBI and 20 stolen bases. Given his mental makeup, fantasy owners may not want to see a change of scenery for the dynamic outfielder.
Jul 22 - 8:53 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Dioner Navarro
3Josh Thole
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Ryan Goins
LF1Michael Saunders
2Melvin Upton
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Ezequiel Carrera
3Dalton Pompey
RF1Jose Bautista
2Darrell Ceciliani
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Francisco Liriano
6R.A. Dickey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Brett Cecil
3Jason Grilli
4Joe Biagini
5Joaquin Benoit
6Scott Feldman
7Gavin Floyd
8Matt Dermody
9Dan Barnes
10Ryan Tepera