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Al Avila: Tigers will see if Melvin Upton “makes sense for us”

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The Blue Jays released veteran outfielder Melvin Upton on Sunday, just ahead of Opening Day. Once he clears waivers, he can be signed by any team for the major league minimum salary.

The Tigers’ outfield is currently a work-in-progress with J.D. Martinez sidelined with a sprained right foot. JaCoby Jones will start in center field on Opening Day and Mikie Mahtook will start in right. Tyler Collins and Andrew Romine will also get some playing time in center and right. Upton’s brother Justin will handle left field.

Tigers GM Al Avila said that his team will “look into it and see if it makes sense for us” when asked about Upton, Anthony Fenech of the Free Press reports. Fenech, though, says Upton to the Tigers “doesn’t sound like a strong possibility.”

Upton, 32, hit .238/.291/.402 with 20 home runs, 61 RBI, 64 runs scored, and 27 stolen bases in 539 plate appearances last season with the Padres and Blue Jays.

Braves senior advisor John Hart Resigns

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Braves senior advisor John Hart announced his resignation today.

Hart, who was once the team’s GM, then returned to the role on an interim basis following the dismissal of John Coppolella in the wake of MLB’s investigation into the team’s practices in Latin America. With the hiring of Alex Anthopoulos as the team’s new General Manager, Hart was shuttled into a senior advisor role with no final say over baseball decisions. It was expected that he’d leave the organization once his contract was up at the end of the year, but he decided to quit now.

One wonders if he was merely getting on with the inevitable or if his early resignation is a sign that the results of MLB’s investigation will be such that he doesn’t want to be around when they come down.