On Saturday, the Seattle Mariners took a step to sign an experienced player.
Justin Upton, after being released by Los Angeles Angeles after spring training, has now left for Seattle.
Upton had a tough season for the Angels in 2021.
Despite still hitting 17 home runs, he has only driven 41 runs and hit for a weak .211 average.
However, the 34-year-old still has some energy and someone who can help the Mariners this season as he tries to recover from his stroke.
USA Today’s Bob Nightingale tweeted about the move and how the Marines are getting him at a good price, as the Angels are stuck paying most of his remaining salary.
All-Star right fielder Justin Upton has been released for spring training # AngelsWill sign a big-league deal with Seattle # Mariners That will become official tonight. The Mariners will be responsible for about $ 550,000 of Upton’s $ 28 million contract.
– Bob Nightingale (BNightengale) May 22, 2022
Got him for a bargain
If it works, it could be a pretty small steal for the Mariners.
Before future Hall-of-Fame ends with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Angels could be similar to what happened last year after severing ties with Albert Pujols.
The Mariners are currently paying টন 550,000 to Upton alone.
Even he is no longer fit for the angels and they bear the burden of most of his salary.
They’re hook over here.
But if Upton could come close to production in its prime time, the move would greatly benefit the Mariners and return to chase the Angels, as happened a year ago in Pujol, especially considering how few Marines actually are. He is going to be paid.
We’ll see if it works for the Mariners and if the angels finally regret it.