Outfielder Justin Upton and the Los Angeles Angels have reached a five-year deal on a contract worth $106 million. Upton had four years and $88 million left on his contract but had an opt-out clause after this year, which he exercised.
Upton was traded by the Detroit Tigers to the Angels in late August. He hit .245/.357/.531 with the Angels over 27 games.
Upton was expected to be one of the top free agent finds on the market this year, so this must feel like an early offseason win for the Angels. An offense lacking pop outside of Upton and CF Mike Trout would’ve been in a big hole had they let Upton walk.
The journeyman was the first overall pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2005 draft, but he has struggled to find a consistent home despite plenty of success. He owns a career .348 OBP with 256 homers in 1,489 appearances.
The Angels finished second in the AL West last year, with an 80-82 record.
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