Tigers trade Upton to Angels for pitching prospect

Justin Upton played for the South Bend Silver Hawks in 2006. (Photo by Santiago Flores/South Bend Tribune)

Looking to fill a void in left field, the Los Angeles Angels acquired veteran outfielder Justin Upton from the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, parting with pitching prospect Grayson Long and a player to be named later or cash considerations in return.

Upton batted .279 with 28 HR and 94 RBI in 125 games with the Tigers this season. The 11-year MLB veteran is one homer shy of 250 and needs three more RBI for 800 in his big-league career.

Upton’s professional career began with the South Bend Silver Hawks in 2006, his only full year in the minor leagues. The No. 1 overall draft pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2005, he batted .263 with 12 HR, 66 RBI and 15 SB in 113 Midwest League games.

Upton turned 30 last week.

Long, a third-round draft pick of the Angels in 2015, pitched for the Burlington Bees in 2016. He went 3-3 with a 1.58 ERA, 45 strikeouts and 16 walks in 40 innings (eight starts) before being promoted to the High-A Inland Empire 66ers.

The 23-year-old right-hander made three starts for Inland Empire this season, but has spent most of the year in Double-A, where he went 8-6 with a 2.52 ERA, 111 strikeouts and 38 walks in 121.2 innings (23 starts) for the Mobile BayBears.

Astros acquire Maybin

The Houston Astros acquired Cameron Maybin on a waiver claim from the Angels on Thursday. The 30-year-old outfielder batted .235 with 6 HR, 22 RBI and 29 SB in 93 games with the Angels this season.

The Astros will be the sixth major-league team Maybin plays for in 11 years. He was 20 when he made his MLB debut for the Tigers in 2007, two years after Detroit drafted him with the No. 10 overall pick. He was the Midwest League Prospect of the Year in 2006, when he batted .304 with 9 HR, 69 RBI and 27 SB in 101 games with the Whitecaps. West Michigan won the Midwest League Championship Series that year.

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