As has become a pattern for him, Justin Upton's 2015 season -- his first and only one with the Padres -- began with such promise, even earning him a trip to the All-Star game, but it ended with him batting .221 with a .725 OPS over the final four months. Even worse, after suddenly feeling compelled to run again, swiping 17 bases in the first half, he finished with only 19 steals. His final numbers were better than adequate -- he was one of only six players to either achieve or fall one short of a 20-20 season -- but by now, he has a reputation as a perennial Fantasy tease. With the Tigers, he'll be part of a deep lineup, but you'd still rather him be your second outfielder than your first in mixed leagues. This may be the year he drops outside the first five rounds.
The Tigers and Upton agreed to a six-year contract Monday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. The deal is subject to Upton passing a physical, but assuming that comes to fruition, the market has lost one of its most talented free agents. Ringing in at 28 years old, the outfielder already has five 25-plus homer campaigns under his belt, while also swiping his fair share of bases, including 115 over the past seven years. In addition to stat-laden lines, he's logged at least 149 games played in five consecutive seasons, meaning he'll regularly man left field in his home confines of Comerica Park.
Upton declined his qualifying offer from the Padres, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports. This was expected, as Upton is one of the most coveted hitters on the free agent market after hitting 26 home runs and driving in 81 runs. He'll look for a longer-term, higher-paying deal in free agency.
Upton (neck) was given a qualifying offer by the Padres on Friday, Corey Brock of MLB.com reports. The move comes as little surprise from the Padres perspective, but Upton is unlikely to sign the offer as he'll command more years and money on the open market. The 28-year-old took a bit of a step back in his only season in San Diego, hitting just .251 -- his worst average since 2008 -- but he also added 26 homers and 81 RBI and should be one of the most coveted hitters in free agency.
Padres outfielder Justin Upton (neck strain) will miss the rest of the regular season, MLB.com's Corey Brock reports. He still hasn't been cleared to swing a bat, and with the Padres well out of the playoff race and Upton about to hit free agency, it makes no sense for him to try to get back for one of the Padres' final three games. Upton will be one of the most sought after hitters on the market this winter.
Padres slugger Justin Upton (neck) is set to sit Thursday against Milwaukee. Upton was injured running head-first into the outfield wall while trying to chase down a ball Wednesday. Interim manager Pat Murphy didn't think the injury was significant, but it appears serious enough to knock him out of at least one game.