Angels acquire Justin Upton, deal Cameron Maybin

Upton has the option to opt out of the deal at the end of this season. But the Angels also get major payroll relief this winter with the expiration of several large contracts, including that of Josh Hamilton, whom they are paying $26 million this year despite the fact that he is not playing.

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As noted by Los Angeles Times reporter Bill Shaikin, the Angels have only produced 27 home runs out of their left field position since 2015. After fairing well without Mike Trout for a good portion of the season when he was down with a thumb injury, they have surged of late to keep themselves very much in the thick of things. In each season, their left fielders' collective OPS was among the 10 worst at the position by any team in the last century.

Upton, 30, is hitting.279 with 28 homers and 94 RBIs this season. The Angels are 1.5 games behind in the race for a final wild-card spot. But it is a crowded picture, with five other teams - Baltimore, Texas, Tampa Bay, Seattle and Kansas City - within three games of the Angels. General manager Billy Eppler had yet to make a splash move while with the Angels, and this definitely counts in that category. The Angels are hoping that this will boost their playoff hopes in their hunt for a wild card spot. We can expect to see them sell off more pieces in the future as they transition toward a total rebuild.

The Angels are now 12th in the American League in runs scored but we can expect that to improve with the acquisition of Upton.


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