Detroit Tigers trade OF Justin Upton

Detroit Tigers trade OF Justin Upton

The Angels acquired outfielder Justin Upton from Detroit and infielder Brandon Phillips from Atlanta on Thursday, adding two veterans with seven combined All-Star selections to their lineup.

"We're in such congestion around this wild card, and the games are dwindling down for everybody", Angels general manager Billy Eppler said.

In the home stretch of the AL Wild Card race, the Angels entered Thursday just one game out of the second wild card spot.

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Thursday is the final day that Major League Baseball teams can complete waiver trades and have the players involved available to play in the postseason.

So far this season, Upton has accounted for 28 home runs and 94 RBI while sporting a.379 wOBA, his highest since the 2011 season.

Upton has four years and $88.5 million left on his contract after this season. Angels manager Mike Scioscia has used Cameron Maybin, Ben Revere and five other players in left this season. Or it could help the Angels move past the Yankees in the final month of the season.

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The Angels made this trade just before the September 1st deadline so should the Angels make their way into the playoffs Upton will be eligible to play. Once that happened, the Tigers resumed talks with teams to trade the outfielder.

Reports are that the Angels have dealt pitcher Grayson Long and a player to be named later to the Tigers for Upton and cash.

The Tigers tried to sell off their big contracts before the trade deadline, but couldn't because let's face it, they have older guys that make way too much money.

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