Former South Bend Silver Hawks outfielder Justin Upton reportedly agreed to a six-year, $132.75 million deal with the Detroit Tigers on Monday night. The 28-year-old All-Star’s contract reportedly will include an opt-out clause after the second year.
The Tigers are expected to hold a press conference announcing the signing later this week after Upton takes a physical.
Upton was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2005, selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks. His professional playing career began the next year in the Midwest League, where he batted .263 with 12 HR, 66 RBI and 15 SB in 113 games with the Silver Hawks. He made his major-league debut with the Diamondbacks in August 2007; in addition to Arizona, he also has played with the Atlanta Braves and the San Diego Padres during his nine-year MLB career.
Upton is projected to bat second for the Tigers, between fellow former Midwest Leaguers Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera. Kinsler batted .402 with 30 doubles, 11 HR and 52 RBI in 60 games with the 2004 Clinton LumberKings. Cabrera batted .268 with 7 HR and 66 RBI in 110 games with the 2001 Kane County Cougars.