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Report: Angels acquire Justin Upton from Tigers

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Angels have acquired outfielder Justin Upton from the Tigers  in exchange for pitcher Grayson Long and cash or a player to be named later.

Upton, 30, is hitting .279/.362/.542 with 28 home runs and 94 RBI in 520 plate appearances this season. He’s under contract through 2021, earning $22.125 million per season.

The Angels  are only one game behind the Twins for the second AL Wild Card slot and two games behind the Yankees for the first, so adding Upton will certainly help them be competitive down the stretch.

Long, 23, posted a combined 2.69 ERA with a 125/42 K/BB ratio in 133 2/3 innings between High-A Inland Empire and Double-A Mobile this season in the Angels’ minor league system.

Sheldon Ocker named winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award

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The Baseball Writers Association of America has named Sheldon Ocker the winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown on July 29.

Ocker began covering the Indians for the Akron Beacon Journal in 1981 and did so until 2013, when he retired. He was national president of the BBWAA in 1985 and served as chair of the Cleveland Chapter 11 times. He named Ohio Sports Writer of the Year in 1997 and 2000 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.