On Saturday, the Seattle Mariners announced that they’ve signed Justin Upton to a one-year major league contract.
We have signed outfielder Justin Upton to a 1-year Major League contract. He will report to extended Spring Training in Peoria, Arizona.
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) May 22, 2022
Upton had two solid years with the Braves after being traded away by the Diamondbacks, slashing .267/.348/.478 with 56 homers. Those are excellent numbers; however, the four-time All-Star will be remembered by Braves fans for a different reason. After the 2014 season, Atlanta dealt Upton and Aaron Northcraft to the Padres in exchange for a package that included the Braves’ current ace — Max Fried.
Upton has been a steady player throughout his career but has seen a decline in his 30s. While his numbers aren’t on an All-Star level anymore, he can still be relied upon to hit double-digit homers, and his clubhouse leadership makes him a valuable asset. Seattle seems to be a perfect fit for him to simultaneously provide lineup depth and guidance for younger outfielders like Julio Rodriguez. Best of luck to him with his new squad!
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