Angels leap into playoff race with deals for Upton, Phillips

Justin Upton is reportedly heading to the Angels

Tigers acquired RHP Grayson Long and a player to be named later or cash considerations from the Angels for OF Justin Upton. Even better is that all but $1 million of his $14 million salary is being paid by the Cincinnati Reds this season, so the man is costing Eppler practically nothing.

Adding Upton to the lineup should be a big boost for the surging Angels, who are 18-10 in August and can pair him with a healthy Mike Trout in the middle of the lineup.

The Angels sent minor-league pitcher Grayson Long to Detroit on Thursday. As Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times notes, Angels left fielders have hit a combined 27 homers since the start of the 2015 season.

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. Upton signed a six-year, $132.75 million contract with Detroit prior to 2016 and the deal contains an opt-out clause after this season. The caveat: Upton has the ability to opt out of his contract after this season.

"He's going to make a decision after the season is over, unless he has reason to do otherwise", Reynolds said.

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Upton has played in 278 games in his Detroit Tigers career, mashing 65 doubles and 59 home runs.

The Angels have been teetering between rebuilding and continuing to try and win. Once that happened, the Tigers resumed talks with teams to trade the outfielder. If all goes according to plan, a Los Angeles offense that now ranks 23rd in runs scored and home runs and 26th in batting average will receive a much-needed boost.

He's been on a tear this season for Detroit, with a 138 wRC+, a.264 ISO and 28 home runs in 125 games.

The Angels allowed light-hitting outfielder Cameron Maybin to leave for Houston on a waiver claim, clearing the way for Upton to take over in left field.

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