Justin Upton, Detroit Tigers Agree To 6-year $132.75M contract
The Detroit Tigers and free-agent outfielder Justin Uptonhave agreed to a six-year deal worth $132.75 million. The contract includes an opt-out after the second year, which would allow Upton to go back on the market as a free agent at age 30. A three-time All-Star, the 28-year-old spent the past season with the San Diego Padres and batted .251 with 26 homers and 81 RBIs. Upton, who is expected to play left field, will join a Tigers team looking to win now. After a disappointing 74-88 campaign, owner Mike Ilitch opened up his wallet this offseason. Last season was a bit of a struggle for Upton as well. The right-handed slugger batted just .191 and hit only three of his 26 home runs against left-handed pitching.