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.