Justin Upton, 28, is putting some Tigers money in his tank. Detroit has signed him to a six-year, $132.75 million deal meaning that Upton will receive an average annual salary of $22.125 million. The contract includes an opt-out after the second year.
Upton is a three-time All-Star outfielder who will start for the Tigers in left field.
Since 2011, Upton has played 762 games, the 13th most in the majors.
Nine to Know – from the Bill Chuck Files: Justin Upton
- Since 2008, only six players have recorded 150+ homers, 200+ doubles, and stole 100+ bases: Ian Kinsler, Ryan Braun, Andrew McCutchen, Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez, and Justin Upton (164 HR, 226 doubles, and 165 steals).
- Upton has played nine games in Detroit’s Comerica Park and has gone 11-34 (.324) with one homer and three RBI.
- Since 2008, Upton has played 36 games against the other four teams in the AL Central and hit .276 with two two homers and seven doubles.
- Since 2008, Justin Upton has whiffed 1148 times, the fifth most in the majors. The most strikeouts since 2008 belongs to Mark Reynolds (1390), Adam Dunn (1287), Ryan Howard (1236), and brother Melvin Upton (1166).
- Upton struck out 159 times last season, the eighth most in the majors; he took 47 strike threes, the sixth most in baseball.
- In 2011, Justin Upton was hit by 19 pitches; from 2012-15, he was hit by 20.
- Defensively, according to BillJamesonline.com, John Dewan and his crew determined that last season Upton saved 10 runs defensively, but was -4 runs with his arm.
- According to the Scoutables app, 11% of Upton’s hits were off sinkers and another 11% were off cutters. However, he hit changeups ineffectively when in play, batting .178 (.320 is avg).
- According to the Bill James Handbook 2016, Upton is projected to hit .273 with 29 homers and 88 RBI in 2016.