Justin Upton’s new deal with Angels backloads money

November 3, 2017

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Angels' Justin Upton watches his home run against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game, in Anaheim, Calif. Outfielder Justin Upton is staying with the Angels, agreeing to a new five-year, $106 million contract. The Angels announced the deal Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, with Upton, their late-season trade acquisition. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Justin Upton’s $106 million, five-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels backloads money and will save the team more than $6 million next season and $4 million in 2019. He also receives a full no-trade provision.

Upton signed a $132.75 million, six-year deal with Detroit before the 2016 season that called for him to receive $22,125,000 annually and gave him the right to opt out after the 2017 season and forfeit the remaining $88.5 million. His new deal adds $17.5 million in guaranteed money and an additional season.

He gets an $8.5 million signing bonus that is payable on Jan. 21, 2022, and salaries of $16 million next season, $18 million in 2019, $21 million in 2020, $23 million in 2021 and $19.5 million in 2022.

Los Angeles acquired Upton on Aug. 31. He had career-highs of 35 homers and 109 RBIs last season while batting .273.


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