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Angels acquire Justin Upton, deal Cameron Maybin

01 September, 2017, 01:49 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • CHICAGO IL- AUGUST 27 at Guaranteed Rate Field

The Angels are close to swinging a surprise trade for slugging Detroit outfielder Justin Upton, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who requested anonymity because the deal has not yet been finalized. After the August 31 deadline, traded players can't participate in the postseason.

To the question of how the Los Angeles Angels could be so consistently mediocre when they possess the consensus best player in the game in Mike Trout, the best answer is the simplest: they haven't surrounded Trout with enough good players. Though he has homered 21 times, Pujols is hitting only.232 with a.665 OPS.

The Angels also reportedly let Cameron Maybin go to the Houston Astros via a waiver claim, moving a player who was expendable with the acquisition of Upton to play left field.


Long will finish the final days of the 2017 season with the Class AA Erie Seawolves.

Per Jerry Crasnick, the Angels are sending 23-year-old right-handed pitcher Grayson Long to the Tigers. One thing is for certain: the Upton deal is part of the greater trend to move in a different direction to reset. Long is the Angels' ninth-ranked prospect per MLB.com. Upton is owed almost $88 million over four years after this season. His position? Left field. He will be making $28 million each of the next two seasons, after which he has a $22 million option for the 2020 season that vests if he finishes in the top 5 of Cy Young voting in 2019. The Tigers will send the Angels some cash to cover some of the $3.7 million Upton is due for the rest of this season.

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