Astros claim OF Cameron Maybin off waivers from Angels
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Sep 01, 2017,
Sep 01, 2017, 1:45
The Los Angeles Angels have acquired slugging outfielder Justin Upton from the Detroit Tigers, upgrading their lineup for the playoff race. The Angels won't receive any players, just salary relief. Only players acquired before September 1 are eligible for postseason rosters. With his recent form, Verlander could put them over the top. Upton will provide a big bat in Los Angeles alongside all-star Mike Trout. Though he has homered 21 times, Pujols is hitting only.232 with a.665 OPS.
In addition to benching Revere, who has played in 21 of the Angels' August games, with majority starts as a left fielder, the Angels also made room on the roster by trading Cameron Maybin to the Astros, which Rosenthal also broke news of.
For the deal to complete, Upton needs to clear medicals.
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The first overall pick in the 2005 draft, Upton debuted in the major leagues two years later, at age 19. Upton is owed $22.125 million per year through 2021, but he can opt out and become a free agent this winter.
In exchange for Upton, the Angels would part with minor league right-hander Grayson Long, according to the person with knowledge of the situation.
Long, 23, was ranked as the eighth-best prospect in the Angels system by Baseball America and the ninth-best by MLB Pipeline. So far this season, during 26 starts in Single-A and Double-A ball, he has a record of 8-8 with a 2.69 ERA. His position? Left field. The Tigers will send the Angels some cash to cover some of the $3.7 million Upton is due for the rest of this season.