Detroit Tigers fans could conceivably see Justin Upton depart via free agency. It remains to be seen what will happen, but if Upton leaves, here’s who could replace him in right field.
Detroit Tigers outfielder Justin Upton has been in the news a lot lately.
The 29-year-old is in the midst of a stellar campaign in his second season in the Motor City.
Entering Tuesday, Upton owns a 4.1 WAR, a 140 wRC+, a .264 ISO and a .383 wOBA in 483 plate appearance.
The former first-overall pick is also sporting a .282 average, a .366 on-base percentage, a .546 slugging percentage, an 11.2 walk percentage, 90 RBI, 76 runs scored, 34 doubles, 26 home runs and 10 stolen bases.
Upton has also added value defensively, with a 6.4 UZR/150 and a 4.4 UZR. His DRS of nine would be a career best if he maintains it throughout the end of the season.
Upton’s name has also been in the news considering he can potentially become a free agent after the season.
According to Spotrac, the outfielder can opt out of his deal following the season and enter the free agent market once again.
It remains to be seen what will happen obviously. Upton could opt out or he could opt into the final four years of his contract and stay in the Motor City.
That’s all down the road.
However, in the chance that the veteran does leave Detroit, here’s who could replace Upton in right field.