Detroit Tigers trade OF Justin Upton

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The Los Angeles Angels have acquired Detroit Tigers outfielder Justin Upton, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

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

That's also true because August 31 is the last day a trade can be made that will allow the acquisition to play on the postseason roster.

Upton, who is 30-years-old, struggled a bit in his first season with the Detroit Tigers, batting just.246 in 153 games, though he was able to hit 31 home runs and collect 87 RBIs.

Justin Upton is reportedly heading to the Angels. He's young enough and potentially under control until 2022, so he *could* sit alongside Trout in the lineup for years to come. While it's true that Upton can opt out after this season, the Angels wanted the veteran's bat regardless, so says Rosenthal. If you were to stay with Anaheim, it would be costly for the Angels.

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According to the Los Angeles Times, Upton is due $22.125 million in each of the next four seasons, and about $3.5 million for the rest of this season.

Still, it's an obvious need for the Angels. Upton's 162-game average is 28.

Grayson Long, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound right-hander, was part of the deal that sent Upton to the West Coast and lightened the Tigers' payroll.

For a player to be eligible for a team's postseason roster, he must be with the organization prior to the start of September. He would have been displaced by Upton joining the Angels. Once that happened, the Tigers resumed talks with teams to trade the outfielder.