Tigers deal Justin Upton to Angels

Ken Rosenthal with Major League Baseball on FOX and Jon Morosi of the Major League Baseball network are both reporting that the Tigers have a deal in place to send Upton to the Angels for minor leaguer Grayson Long and a player to be named later.

Upton has not informed the Angels whether or not he will opt out next season, per Morosi.

That's also true because August 31 is the last day a trade can be made that will allow the acquisition to play on the postseason roster.

Tigers general manager Al Avila hinted at a rebuild in a letter to season-ticket holders earlier this week, saying "2017 has been frustrating for all of us in the organization" and "we have committed to spending and investing significant resources in player development".

Upton has had a solid season for the disappointing Tigers.

Justin Upton is on his way out of Detroit, and the Detroit Tigers are in rebuilding mode.

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Upton, 30, was in the midst of a career year for the Tigers.

Upton is slashing.279/.362/.542 this season with 28 home runs. His position? Left field. Maybin is slashing.235/.333/.351 with six home runs.

Upton figures to be a middle of the order bat but that leaves a question as to who should hit leadoff for the Angels.

Those games against Texas will be key as the Rangers are now chasing the Angels for the final wild care slot.

Upton will join an Angels team that is just one game back of the second wild card spot and two behind the Yankees. The Rangers close out their season with games against Seattle, Oakland, Houston and Oakland again so they might have an easier stretch to close out the season.

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