Justin Upton, OF
Upton entered the off-season primed for a top of the market deal along with many other quality corner outfielders. However, along with these other bats, Upton’s market has failed to finalize in the last month. Nearly every team in the league could potentially see value and make a run at Upton. However, this late into the off-season should see less teams enter the bidding as many have already made their big moves. Many teams have been connected to Upton so far including the Orioles, Giants, Angels, White Sox, and Tigers.
Best Fit: San Francisco Giants
The Giants represent a contending team in need of outfield stability and extra pop. Upton would be a perfect, but unlikely, fit for the team. After investing more than $210 million in Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija, the Giants would be wise to look more in the bargain bin rather than another splash.
Prediction: Detroit Tigers (6 years $121 milllion)
The Tigers have already made a splash by signing starter Jordan Zimmermann to a long term deal. However, despite acquiring Cameron Maybin, they would be remiss to not take another step further. Beyond that imagine an lineup with Ian Kinsler, Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, J.D. Martinez, and Justin Upton. The Tigers represent a team with an obvious need, fit, and the money to make it happen.
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