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Tigers Trade Justin Upton to Los Angeles Angels

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Photo by Jon Durr – Getty Images

Earlier today, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic tweeted out that the Angels were close to reaching a deal with the Tigers for Justin Upton.

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.

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.

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