The Los Angeles Angels announced that they dished out a new five-year contract to Justin Upton worth $106MM. An important note by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale states that “Upton receives an extra $18MM with the extension.”
Now, prior to this deal, Upton was deciding whether to opt-in or opt-out of his contract that had four years left with an high amount totaling $88MM.
Overall, he will earn just over $150MM from 2016-2022.
Furthermore, the Halos acquired Upton from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for pitching prospect Grayson Long and a player to be named later. The Angels went after the right-handed bat of Upton to hope push the team to a Wild Card berth,
Also, in 115 plate appearances with the Angels, Upton almost matched his OBP and slugging numbers with the Tigers by hitting .245/.357/.531 with seven homers in the season’s final month.
In addition, the 30-year old outfielder finished out the year with a .273/.361/.540 batting line and belting a career-high 35 homers. He set career highs in RBIs (109) and stolen bases (14) as well.
Finally, this was one or maybe the Angels top priority this off-season and they get it done less than a day after the World Series concluded.
Note: Justin Upton was voted to the All-Star team this year, which made it his third time and first as an American League player.