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Angels Lock Up Justin Upton With New Five-Year, $106 Million Deal

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As announced on Thursday, the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a five-year, $106 million deal with left fielder Justin Upton.

Upton was acquired by the Angels from the Detroit Tigers on August 31 of this year. At the conclusion of 2017, he had four years and $88 million remaining on his contract with Detroit (six years, $132.75 million overall); and instead of pursuing free agency, decided to stay with the Angels with a fifth year tacked on to his current contract.

The 30-year-old posted the following on Thursday:

Upton, the #1 pick in the 2005 MLB draft, is a career .269/.348/.479 hitter across 11 Major League seasons with five teams since 2007 (Arizona, Atlanta, San Diego, Detroit, Los Angeles). He’s also a four-time All Star, two-time Silver Slugger, and has hit 25+ home runs seven times (256 career).

2017 was perhaps Upton’s best offensive season to date. He set career highs with 35 homers, 44 doubles, 109 RBIs, a .540 slugging percentage, and .901 OPS in 152 games with the Tigers and Angels.

After being acquired by the Angels, Upton hit .245/.357/.531 with seven homers and 15 RBIs in 27 games.

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Red Sox Designate Eduardo Nunez For Assignment

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Eduardo Nunez

The Boston Red Sox have designated infielder Eduardo Nunez for assignment, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Boston also optioned right hander Hector Velazquez to Triple A Pawtucket.

In corresponding moves, the Red Sox have called up right hander Ryan Weber and first basemen/outfielder Sam Travis from Triple A.

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Royals Considered Likely to be Moving Billy Hamilton, Terrance Gore

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Billy Hamilton

As the trade deadline approaches, the Kansas City Royals may be ready to enter sale mode.

According to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan, the Royals may be moving both Billy Hamilton and Terrance Gore, who has already been designated for assignment.

Hamilton has been dropped to a backup role following the Royals call up of top prospect Bubba Starling, and hasn’t started a game since July 3rd.

Hamilton has posted a .217/.284/.271 slash line this season.

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Orioles’ Mychal Givens Drawing Trade Interest

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Mychal Givens

The Baltimore Orioles are again going to be sellers at the trade deadline and it appears that closer Mychal Givens is available, and drawing interest, according to MASNSports’ Rock Kubatko.

Per the report, the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies have expressed interest in the pitcher.

Givens has posted a 4.50 ERA this season for Baltimore.

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