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The Detroit Tigers solidify their lineup, and add an impact bat in the form of outfielder Justin Upton.

By William Chase

The Detroit Tigers have agreed to terms with outfielder Justin Upton on a 6-year contract, worth at least $125 million. He can opt-out after year two.

Though talks surrounding Upton had been relatively quiet, the signing now gives Detroit another impact bat in the middle of the lineup, teaming up with the likes of Victor Martinez, J.D. Martinez and Miguel Cabrera.


Upton, 28-years-old, has spent the first nine seasons of his career in the National League, and spent 2015 with the San Diego Padres. He hit 26 home runs, drove in 81 runs and hit .251. He will benefit greatly in spacious Comerica Park, and especially with the aforementioned lineup protection.

For a player who averages nearly 21 home runs a season, it shouldn’t be a surprise if Upton can come closer to 30.

From a WAR standpoint, Upton’s 4.4 in 2015 was the second-best of his career, after posting a 6.1 WAR in 2011 with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Though Detroit is coming off a missed shot at the postseason in 2014, owner Mike Ilitch has continued his desire to win now as the signings of starter Jordan Zimmermann and Upton clearly demonstrate.

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