Tigers Add Star Outfielder
Faced with the prospect of coming into spring training with an outfield platoon of JD Martinez, Cameron Maybin, Anthony Gose and Tyler Collins, general manager Al Avila made another free agency splash to add another superstar to the team.
On Monday, the team announced the signing of outfielder Justin Upton to a 6-year $132.75 million deal. The deal contains a player opt-out clause after the second year and averages out to a little over $22 million a year.
Upton spent last year with the San Diego Padres totaling 26 home runs with 81 RBIs and a .251 batting average. His career average sits at .271. Detroit will be his fourth major league stop in his 10 season career thus far.
In terms of defensive output, Upton is a career 97.2% in the outfield while averaging over four outfield assists a year.
Upton is a three time all star and a two time winner of the Silver Slugger as a National League outfielder. Upton is also a 1st overall pick (2005 draft), and makes the third different 1st overall pick since 2000 to wear the old English D (David Price, Delmon Young).
The Tigers seem to be making another push towards the World Series with this move, or at the very least a push out of the basement of the AL Central.