Upton is now on pace for the best season of his career as his 28 homers are just three off his career high while his RBI total of 94 is just eight short of his career high of 102. Should he play out the remainder of his contract, the Angels will pick up the rest. In recent weeks, they have welcomed back left-handers Tyler Skaggs and Andrew Heaney to their rotation, and they hope to add right-hander Garrett Richards next month. While he is prone to striking out, it pairs an impact power bat alongside Mike Trout in Los Angeles' lineup.
The Angels also reportedly let Cameron Maybin go to the Houston Astros via a waiver claim, moving a player who was expendable with the acquisition of Upton to play left field. He has been an above-average hitter every season since, accruing four All-Star nods. They sent prospect Grayson Long to the Tigers in the deal.
Long, 23, was ranked as the eighth-best prospect in the Angels system by Baseball America and the ninth-best by MLB Pipeline. But the Angels also get major payroll relief this winter with the expiration of several large contracts, including that of Josh Hamilton, whom they are paying $26 million this year despite the fact that he is not playing. In each season, their left fielders' collective OPS was among the 10 worst at the position by any team in the last century. He will be making $28 million each of the next two seasons, after which he has a $22 million option for the 2020 season that vests if he finishes in the top 5 of Cy Young voting in 2019.More news: Task force of area firefighters deploying to Texas
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Fantasy Impact Upton has an opt-out clause after this season, but apparently informed the Angels that he does not plan to exercise it.
The Angels acquired Maybin from Detroit before this season.