Los Angeles Angels: Team acquires Justin Upton

The Los Angeles Angels have acquired four-time All-Star Justin Upton in exchange for AA pitcher Grayson Long, an undisclosed amount of cash and minor league players to be named later, according to MLBTradeRumors.com.

In addition to this trade with Detroit, the Houston Astros claimed Angels OF Cameron Maybin off of waivers, absorbing the remaining $9 million dollars left on Maybin’s contract.

What does this mean for the Angels?

In response to giving up hardly anything but maybe a few prospects along with some cash, Angels GM Billy Eppler gains a four-time All-Star that has a career batting average of .270. Now the Angels outfield will be as follows (most likely) from left to right, Upton, five-tool phenom Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun. This move is one of those down the stretch moves that can prepare the team to make a very strong push for the post season.

What does this mean for the Astros?

The Astros acquired Cameron Maybin as a part of this trade. Although there is not an everyday roster spot that is available for Maybin. He adds much-needed depth to Houston’s lineup. In addition to an extra bat off the bench, Maybin can be used as a pinch runner, after all he does have 29 stolen bases on a team he does not even start every day in the outfield.  Cameron Maybin and Jose Altuve are currently tied for the fourth most stolen bases in the MLB.

What does this mean for the Tigers?

With trading Upton and J.D. Martinez, coupled with rumors of them shopping around players like Justin Verlander. This means a new era is beginning in Tigers baseball, similar to what the Oakland A’s did after they were knocked out of the playoffs by the Kansas City Royals a few years ago. They are doing a  fire sale of their assets in hopes of acquiring promising young prospects to create success in later years.  Fan attendance may take a hit in the upcoming seasons, but it will all work itself out if they are successful.

With playoff races heating up in both the American League and the National League, it will be interesting to watch the remainder of the season to see how things work out. All eyes will be watching to see who makes the most noise not only in the regular season, but in October, as well.

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