Angels Officially Release Veteran Outfielder

Last week, the Los Angeles Angels designated Justin Upton for assignment. Because no teams were interested in him and his $28 million salary, they now have officially released the veteran from their roster. 

Although teams were not interested in claiming Upton off waivers, he should get a good amount of attention as a free agent. This is because teams will be able to sign him to a far lower salary. With that, even though he has struggled these last few seasons, he could be a solid option for a club in need of some outfield depth. 

In 89 games last season with the Angels, Upton had 17 home runs, 41 RBIs, and a .211 batting average. Yes, it was a bad season for the 34-year-old, but when looking at this strong resume, it's hard to believe that every team will be against giving him a chance. Throughout his 1,828-game career, he has 324 home runs, 1,000 RBIs, and a .262 batting average. With that, he's also a four-time All-Star and three-time Silver Slugger. 

Nevertheless, it will be intriguing to see where Upton ends up from here. It seems inevitable that he will end up signing a league-minimum deal, but time will tell if that comes to fruition. 

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