Tigers Trade Justin Upton to Los Angeles Angels
Earlier today, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic tweeted out that the Angels were close to reaching a deal with the Tigers for Justin Upton.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 31, 2017
Reports were later confirmed by the organization that Upton would head to Los Angeles in exchange for AA minor league prospect Grayson Long and a player to be named later “or cash considerations”. Upton will likely replace former Tiger Cameron Maybin in Los Angeles, who was sent to Houston in another trade.
Long is a right-handed pitcher that carries a 2.69 ERA with 125 strikeouts and a 1.17 WHIP in 26 starts this season.
The #Tigers today have acquired RHP Grayson Long and a PTBNL or cash considerations from LAA in exchange for OF Justin Upton.
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) August 31, 2017
Jon Morosi of the MLB Network tweeted that signs pointed to Upton opting out of his contract after the 2017 season rather than stay for a rebuild in Detroit. Though the Tigers organization has hesitated to publicly declare a rebuild, signs point that direction.
The Houston Astros have expressed interest in signing veteran pitcher Justin Verlander since he cleared revocable waivers earlier this month. This week, reports surfaced a team besides the Astros also have interest in attaining Verlander. No moves have been made so far.
The Astros have until 11:59 PM tonight to reach an agreement if they hope for Verlander to be available for post-season play in Houston.