Justin Upton Signs Multi-Year Pact With Tigers

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Monday, January 18th, 2016
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The Detroit Tigers have signed free agent outfielder Justin Upton according to industry sources. The six-year deal will be in the neighbourhood of $125 million according to Ken Rosenthal and have a draft pick (3rd round) attached to it.

The 28-year old outfielder spent last season with the San Diego Padres batting .251 with a .790 OPS and 26 home runs. The right-hander does own a career .271 batting average with a career .825 OPS in 1184 games and should be primed for a nice bounce-back season in the Motor City.

Upton earned $14.5 million in the final season of his of multi-year pact originally signed while a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Detroit will be the fourth landing spot for the 9 year MLB veteran who will slot nicely into the Tigers outfield complimented by J.D. Martinez, Cameron Maybin and the speedy Anthony Gose.

The 3-time All-Star rekindled his prowess on the base paths this past season swiping 19 bags for the Padres. The third best total of his career and most since his 21 thefts during the 2011 campaign.

Tigers hurler Justin Verlander took to social media to express his surprise with a single emoji icon.

The Hot-Stove is heating up with Chris Davis and Ian Kennedy both agreeing to contracts days earlier. The next remaining domino to fall will presumably be outfielder Yoenis Cespedes who is still searching for his forever team.

This is the second major free agent splash the Tigers have made having already locked up pitcher Jordan Zimmerman to bolster their rotation. The Tigers have now committed $272.25 million to free agents this off-season.

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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher







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