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Report: Angels acquire Justin Upton from Tigers


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.

Dbacks outfielder Steven Souza injured his right shoulder last night

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Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Steven Souza dove for a ball in a spring training game last night, missed, and ended up injuring his right shoulder.

It looked bad, too. Center fielder Jarrod Dyson stood over him, frantically waving to the dugout for a trainer as Souza kicked his legs in apparent pain. Souza held his arms awkwardly as he walked off the field. At the moment the Dbacks are calling it a right shoulder strain, but he’ll get an MRI on it today after which a more specific diagnosis will come.

If Souza is out for a while it’s a pretty big blow to Arizona’s 2018 plan. Souza was acquired to help cushion the blow of losing J.D. Martinez in free agency. While not the hitter Martinez is, Souza hit 30 homers in Tampa Bay last year, stood likely to at least match that in the more hitter-friendly confines of Chase Field and, of course, plays superior defense.

Potential replacements for Souza include moving David Peralta from left to right and inserting Yasmany Tomas in left or having fourth outfielder Dyson, or perhaps a platoon of Dyson and utilityman Chris Owings, handle right. Socrates Brito is another internal option.

Obviously the Snakes will wait to hear the results of the MRI before going too deeply into replacement plans, all the while hoping that Souza’s injury is far less serious than it appeared to be last night.