The Tigers traded Upton and cash to the Los Angeles Angels on August 31, 2017, in exchange for Grayson Long and a player to be named later or cash.
The deal was completed on September 15, with the Tigers receiving Angels pitching prospect Elvin Rodriguez as the PTBNL.
Upton had a career-high 44 doubles, 35 home runs, 109 RBI, and a .901 OPS in 2017, finishing with a.273 batting average and .361 on-base percentage, as well as 44 doubles, 35 home runs, 109 RBI, and a .901 OPS.
For the third time in his career, he also reached 100 runs.
Along with Brett Gardner of the Yankees and Alex Gordon of the Royals, Upton was named a 2017 Gold Glove finalist in left field.
Upton re-signed with the Angels on November 2 for a 5-year, $106 million contract. In left field, Upton was awarded the AL Silver Slugger Award winner. This was Upton’s third Silver Slugger Award of his career.
Upton hit .257/.344/.463 last season, hitting 30 home runs and driving in 85 runs. Upton suffered a turf toe injury on March 24, 2019, during a preseason game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The season premiere of Upton has been postponed till June 21. Upton was diagnosed with patellar tendinitis on September 13, ending his 2019 season early.
Upton batted .215/.309/.416 with 12 home runs and 40 RBIs in just 63 games with 256 plate appearances.
Meet Yvonne Upton and Melvin Upton
Yvonne Upton and Melvin Upton are Justin and Melvin Jr Upton’s parents. Yvonne Upton is a school teacher and Melvin after playing collegiate football and basketball at Norfolk State, he worked as a scout for the Kansas City Royals, a mortgage broker, and a college basketball referee in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.