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Angels acquire Justin Upton from Tigers

Angels acquire Justin Upton from Tigers

They've got another chance this September, and their superstars are getting some big-time help in that push toward October.

Another report says that the Tigers will get pitcher Grayson Long as well as send the Angels a large chunk of cash to offload the contract. "There's some schedule running out".

The Angels (69-65) are 1 1/2 games out of a playoff spot despite several major injuries to their pitching staff and one of the AL's least prolific lineups.

Upton will join an Angels team that is just one game back of the second wild card spot and two behind the Yankees.

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While July 31 is the non-waiver trade deadline, teams can make deals through August 31 if a player either clears waivers or is claimed by the team acquiring him. I don't think the trade will payoff this year as I think the Angels are overachieving and not actually very good. "The guys were hitting harder". Neither has appeared in the postseason since 2013, and they're both eager to play in the World Series for the first time. That could change if the team winds up making the postseason, but even then Upton might opt out and look to earn more than the $22.1 million a year he would earn upon opting in.

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. Angels manager Mike Scioscia has used Cameron Maybin, Ben Revere and five other players in left this season. The position has been problematic for Los Angeles for several years, with $125 million bust Josh Hamilton leading the list of players who didn't produce at the position. He then landed veteran second baseman Brandon Phillips from the Atlanta Braves and immediately upgraded the Angels' infield.

Despite 21 homer runs, middle of the order bat and future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols has been having some seriously high profile struggles and many advanced metrics have him among the worst regular players in the league. The Angels have been scoring more runs lately than they did earlier in the season.


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