The Detroit Tigers have signed right-handed outfielder Justin Upton to a six-year, $132.75 million contract. Upton, who has played for the Padres, Braves, and Diamondbacks over this career, will be able to opt out of the deal after the second year of his contract if he so desires (something he's already expected to do).
Upton hadn't garnered a lot of public attention this offseason, despite having a good year for San Diego in 2015, hitting 26 home runs and posting 4.4 bWAR (and 3.6 fWAR). The deal seemingly came out of nowhere, with almost no substantial rumors or information linking the Tigers and Upton before the deal was less than an hour away from being confirmed.
The Tigers had been one of the proposed landing spots for Yoenis Cespedes, but this move seems to make that reunion unlikely. With the Orioles signing Chris Davis, the list potential suitors for Cespedes is thinning, though returning to the Mets still seems unlikely given their reluctance to extend a long-term offer.