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Detroit Tigers: It remains to be seen if Justin Upton opts out of his contract, if he does, here are some potential replacements

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DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 20: Justin Upton #8 of the Detroit Tigers hits a two run home run in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during a MLB game at Comerica Park on August 20, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 20: Justin Upton #8 of the Detroit Tigers hits a two run home run in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during a MLB game at Comerica Park on August 20, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NY – JULY 31: Mikie Mahtook #15 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates after he scored in the fourth inning against the New York Yankees on July 31, 2017 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Mikie Mahtook

Mahtook has established himself in center field for the Detroit Tigers, but could make the shift to left field if JaCoby Jones takes over in center.

Jones struggled with strikeouts earlier in the season, resulting in a trip to Triple-A Toledo.

However, the young centerfielder has flashed better plate discipline in his return to Detroit.

If Jones can make contact more consistently, he has a chance to make a serious impact in the Majors.

The former Pittsburgh farmhand already looks up to the task of adding value on the base paths and in the field.

In limited playing time, Jones has notched a 0.2 BsR. He’s also sporting a 29.2 UZR/150 and a DRS of six.

Should Jones stay in center field, where his defense plays well, Mahtook could slide over to left field.

Christin Stewart

Christin Stewart may not make it to the Major Leagues this season, but a debut next season is certainly a possibility.

Likely to occupy spot in the middle of the Tigers lineup for the better part of the next decade, Stewart shows power from the left-handed side and draws a ton of walks.

Currently with Double-A Erie, the 23-year-old has turned in a 129 wRC+, a .373 wOBA, a .256 ISO, 26 home runs and 82 RBI in 494 plate appearances.

A corner outfielder by trade, Stewart has also logged a .258 batting average, a .340 on-base percentage and a .514 slugging percentage.

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