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Melvin Upton | Outfielder | #7

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (33) / 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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Indians released OF Melvin Upton.
Upton batted just .189/.250/.297 in 40 plate appearances this spring in the Cactus League. The 33-year-old outfielder will try to latch on with another organization before Opening Day, but he seems doubtful to find a major league roster spot. He did not appear in a big league game in 2017. Mar 19 - 12:28 PM

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Melvin Upton supplied his first home run of the spring Wednesday in the Indians’ Cactus League win over the Mariners.

Upton took Edwin Diaz deep for a two-run blast in the fifth. He went hitless with a groundout and a strikeout in his other two at-bats. Upton has impressed with three hits in his first 10 Cactus League at-bats, though he’s also struck out four times in that span. The elder Upton sibling is working for a spot on Cleveland’s Opening Day roster. Michael Brantley’s ankle injury might help his chances.
Feb 28 - 7:25 PM

Indians signed OF Melvin Upton to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says Upton will earn $1.5 million if he's in the majors. Upton, 33, hit only .244/.306/.333 over 12 minor league games in 2017 while battling injuries. With Michael Brantley (ankle) unlikely to be ready for Opening Day and Jason Kipnis apparently on the trade block, Upton should have a shot to make the team.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 08:37:00 AM

Melvin Upton's agent, Larry Reynolds, said his client plans to continue his playing career in 2018.

Upton hit only .244/.306/.333 over 12 minor league games in 2017 while battling injury, but Reynolds said the 33-year-old is "healthy" and "revitalized." He'll undoubtedly have to settle for a minor league contract this winter, but Upton should get a shot somewhere.
Mon, Nov 13, 2017 02:06:00 PM

Giants released OF Melvin Upton.

Upton opted out of his minor league contract in hopes of catching on with a contending club. Injuries have limited him to just 12 games in the minors this summer, and he's hit only .244/.306/.333. However, Upton had an .874 OPS against lefties last season and can still play some defense and run. The 33-year-old outfielder should draw some interest on the open market.
Mon, Aug 21, 2017 05:58:00 PM

Melvin Upton (thumb) has come down with shoulder irritation.

Upton has had a rough go of it at Triple-A this season. For starters, he suffered a torn ligament in this thumb near the end of April. Then, in his first game back at Triple-A this week following two months of rehab, he came down with a bout of shoulder irritation. He will see a doctor for this newest injury concern, after which a timetable for his return should clarify.
Wed, Jul 5, 2017 06:46:00 PM

Melvin Upton underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his thumb and is expected to miss at least eight weeks.

Upton sustained the injury while playing for Triple-A Sacramento. He's now facing a lengthy rehab assignment and won't be an option for the Giants until the second half of the season. Fantasy owners in redraft leagues can safely cut bait if you have Upton stashed.
Fri, Apr 21, 2017 09:12:00 PM

Giants signed OF Melvin Upton to a minor league contract.

He'll report to Triple-A Sacramento for now but could eventually be a platoon option in left field for the Giants. Upton was let go by the Blue Jays last week after putting up a disappointing .194 average over 36 Grapefruit League at-bats. The 32-year-old hit .238 with 20 homers and 27 steals between San Diego and Toronto last season.
Sat, Apr 8, 2017 04:16:00 PM

According to Mark Feinsand of, Melvin Upton Jr. is expected to sign a deal with a National League club on Saturday.

Given how he resurrected his career once in San Diego and the lack of depth that they currently have in the outfield, you have to wonder if there's a possible match there again. Look for a resolution to the veteran outfielder's status shortly.
Sat, Apr 8, 2017 03:44:00 PM

Tigers general manager Al Avila said Sunday that the club will look into signing recently released outfielder Melvin Upton Jr to see if it makes sense.

The Tigers are currently rolling with a combination of JaCoby Jones and Andrew Romine in center field and an even sketchier platoon of Tyler Collins and Mikie Mahtook in right to start the season, so there's a need. He would also be reunited with his brother Justin, who resides in left field for the Tigers. The Tigers are just one of several clubs interested in the elder Upton.
Sun, Apr 2, 2017 06:09:00 PM

Blue Jays released OF Melvin Upton.

The Jays tried to find a trade partner to take Upton off their hands but were obviously unable to. He'll clear waivers and become a free agent in a few days, at which point he can be signed at the veteran minimum. Upton hit 20 homers and stole 27 bases last season but batted just .238/.291/.402 overall. Still, there will be interest. Ezequiel Carrera and Steve Pearce will handle left field for Toronto.
Sun, Apr 2, 2017 12:19:00 PM

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Blue Jays are "looking at alternatives" to Melvin Upton.

In other words, he's not going to make the Blue Jays' Opening Day roster. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports the Jays are "listening" on Upton while mentioning the Giants, Rays and Tigers as potential fits. Upton was hoping to make the roster as a fourth outfielder but blew his chance by hitting just .194 over 36 Grapefruit League at-bats. His game has flaws but Upton can still hit for power and steal bases.
Sat, Apr 1, 2017 07:25:00 PM

Melvin Upton went 1-for-2 with a home run and three RBI in an exhibition win over the Pirates on Saturday.

He drove in the first run of the game with a groundout in the second inning. In the fourth inning he cracked a two-run homer off Tyler Glasnow. It was his third longball of the spring to go with a paltry .194 batting average. He sits atop the depth chart in left field but will likely not see everyday action. He put up a weak .238/.291/.402 slash line with 20 home runs and 61 RBI but bolstered his fantasy value by swiping 27 bags last year.
Sat, Apr 1, 2017 05:12:00 PM

Melvin Upton Jr. went 0-for-3 as the Blue Jays' leadoff hitter Wednesday against the Yankees.

Upton is 6-for-32 with two homers and a 9/1 K/BB ratio this spring, so he hasn't done anything to earn himself extra playing time in left field. The Jays will probably keep him and use him against left-handers, but that's not going to lead to much value, even in AL-only leagues.
Wed, Mar 29, 2017 04:11:00 PM

Melvin Upton went 0-for-3 on Monday and is 2-for-18 with no walks or extra-base hits this spring.

Upton struggled down the stretch for the Jays last year, hitting .196/.261/.318 in 148 at-bats after coming over from the Padres, and he's likely to be limited to playing against lefties at the beginning of this season.
Mon, Mar 13, 2017 04:04:00 PM

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