The Los Angeles Angels have been in pursuit for a new left fielder. The Angels have engaged in “ongoing talks” with free-agent slugger Justin Upton, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports on Twitter.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 8, 2015
If the allegations are true, the Angels could be adding a talented bat to their already potent offense that includes the likes of Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, and Kole Calhoun. Upton is one of the best options that is available at his position albeit spending last season with the disappointing San Diego Padres and batting .251 with 26 home runs while driving in 81. Upton also managed to contribute on the base paths by swiping 19 bags over the duration of the season. Upton is surely worth the risk of a long-term deal, as he is only 28 years old and does not seem to be slowing down with the bat. Since the 2013 season, Upton has an impressive .344 OBP and has blasted 82 homers.
Another possible outfielder the Angels are inquiring about is Gold Glove award winner Jason Heyward. Heyward had a great season with the bat, along with the glove, posting a slash of .293/.359/.439 and stealing 23 bases while only be caught 3 times all year. Heyward, 26, is the top target for a lot of teams and is more than likely to get a hefty contract wherever he goes. Since Heyward is a right fielder, the Angels will be moving Calhoun to left.
The Angels have something up their sleeve, and it will not be surprising if they come out with either one of these guys to bolster that already impressive offense attack.