Detroit Tigers trade Justin Upton to the Los Angeles Angels

Detroit Tigers trade Justin Upton to LA Angels for pitching prospect

The Angels acquired outfielder Justin Upton from Detroit and infielder Brandon Phillips from Atlanta on Thursday, adding two veterans with seven combined All-Star selections to their lineup.

The Angels are now only a game behind the Minnesota Twins for the second wild card spot in the American League.

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The 30-year-old Upton is having a strong season for the struggling Tigers, batting.279 with 28 homers and 94 RBIs.

Part of Upton's contract with the Tigers included a no-trade list that did not have the Angels on it but he has not given them any guarantees regarding whether or not he will exercise his opt-out clause following the season.

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Upton, who signed a 6-year, $132.75 million contract with the Tigers prior to the 2016 season, would still be owed $88.5 million over the next four seasons.

Upton, who started his career with the Diamondbacks, can opt out of his deal after the season, but reports indicate he has not guaranteed that he won't opt out.

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Still, it's an obvious need for the Angels. (If you didn't know, yes, you can make trades after July 31.) According to New York Post's Joel Sherman, the Angels will send RHP Grayson Long and either cash or a player to be named later to Detroit. Or it could help the Angels move past the Yankees in the final month of the season. Ahead of the midnight ET deadline to complete trades, Morosi is reporting the Tigers still could move Justin Verlander, Alex Wilson and Shane Greene. After the August 31 deadline, traded players can't participate in the postseason.

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