DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have finalized their $132.75 million, six-year contract with free-agent outfielder Justin Upton.
The Tigers introduced Upton at a news conference Wednesday. The 28-year-old gives Detroit another powerful bat in the middle of the lineup and fills a need in left field after Detroit dealt slugger Yoenis Cespedes at the deadline last year. It was another big move for the Tigers, who are coming off a last-place finish in 2015 but signed right-hander Jordan Zimmermann earlier this offseason.
Upton hit .251 with 26 homers and 81 RBIs for the San Diego Padres last season.
The Tigers designated infielder Jefry Marte for assignment to make room for Upton on the 40-man roster.