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Angels close to trading for Justin Upton, per report

Angels close to trading for Justin Upton, per report

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

The Angels are close to acquiring Justin Upton in a trade with the Detroit Tigers, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, signaling Los Angeles is gearing up for the final month of the season and an anticipated playoff push. The former No. 1 overall pick is having one of the best seasons of his career with 28 home runs, 94 RBI and an OPS of.904, so opting out is not out of the question.

Fantasy Impact Upton has an opt-out clause after this season, but apparently informed the Angels that he does not plan to exercise it. Upton produced 31 homers for Detroit previous year.

Upton has a 20-team no-trade list, but the Angels were not one of the clubs on it, per Morosi.

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Long, 23, is 8-8 with a 2.69 ERA in 26 minor league starts in 2017.

The Tigers will move Verlander if not before Thursday's midnight non-waiver trade deadline - a Verlander deal is thought to be possible but not probable - then certainly in the off-season. We only have a few more hours with this rumor. The front office has hinted at it dating back to last October, but with the trade market opposing them in the off-season, was unable to start the process sooner. Rosters are set to expand in the coming days with September call-ups.

Upton will help bring balance to an outfield that has featured Ben Revere and his paltry offensive contributions in left field more often than not.

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.