Yesterday, the Tigers decided to add a big bat to their heavy hitting lineup. Now, Upton was a fantastic signing, but the Tigers needed a power hitting lefty to complement all of those right handed bats, but remember there are lots of left handed starting pitching in the American League Central (ALC).
In fact, the Tigers signed Justin Upton to a 6 year deal worth $132.75 mil with a opt out clause after the second season. This is a surprising deal because a week ago it was rumored that Upton was only looking for a one year deal due to the fact that his market value was low, but a team (Tigers) finally tossed the money towards him.
Next, Upton will either in front or behind Miggy. This helps Miggy out big time and also helps the Tigers in case Miggy goes down with a injury like he did last season, but no one was there to step in and help.
In addition, Upton homered 26 times and drove in 81 RBIs with a slash line of .251/.336/.454/.790. The 28-year-old plays decent defense and should help cover the line, but in the gap the Tigers better hope Maybin or Gose can get there.
Finally, this was a solid signing and will provide thump in the lineup and makes the Tigers a favorite to win the AL Central Division.