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Melvin Upton | Outfielder | #7

Team: San Francisco Giants
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 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. Apr 21 - 9:12 PM

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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.
Apr 8 - 4:16 PM

According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, 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.
Apr 8 - 3:44 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.
Apr 2 - 6:09 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.
Apr 2 - 12:19 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.
Apr 1 - 7:25 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.
Apr 1 - 5:12 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.
Mar 29 - 4:11 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.
Mar 13 - 4:04 PM

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.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 04:35:00 PM

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.
Thu, Aug 25, 2016 11:05:00 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.
Wed, Aug 17, 2016 04:16:00 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.
Wed, Aug 10, 2016 10:46:00 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.
Wed, Jul 27, 2016 10:27:00 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.
Tue, Jul 26, 2016 11:04:00 AM

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2B1Joe Panik
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3B1Christian Arroyo
2Conor Gillaspie
LF1Eduardo Nunez
2Jarrett Parker
3Mac Williamson
CF1Denard Span
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S1Madison Bumgarner
2Johnny Cueto
3Jeff Samardzija
4Matt Moore
5Matt Cain
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5George Kontos
6Steven Okert
7Neil Ramirez
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