The Tigers are going all in with Justin Upton.
Detroit finished last in the AL Central last year, and have focused this entire off-season on acquiring the right pieces to change the culture of the ball club. The Tigers landed starter Jordan Zimmermann and soon after added Mike Pelfrey to the rotation. The club acquired a bona fide closer in Francisco Rodriguez via trade with Milwaukee and added fellow relievers Justin Wilson and Mark Lowe as setup men.
Today, the team made major noise by adding Justin Upton via free agency.
Upton not only provides an upgrade in left field (a position of weakness for the Tigers entering this winter), but a strong bat in the middle of the lineup. The 28-year-old is not only a solid (albeit streaky) producer (.271/.352/.473), he’s young.
While the Tigers have a solid core of bats in the lineup in Kinslef, Victor Martinez and Miguel Cabrera, they are getting older. Upton is 28 and entering the prime of his career. He shows the ability to field, hit and run the bases at a top tier rate for his position.
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