Melvin Upton
CF FA
7 months ago

Upton was released by the Indians on Monday, T.J. Zuppe of The Athletic Cleveland reports.

EDGE Analysis

It appears Upton has opted to look elsewhere for a major-league opportunity after being informed he wouldn't make the Indians' Opening Day roster. The 33-year-old struggled to get things going in Cactus League action, hitting just .189/.250/.297 in 40 plate appearances. If Upton does find his way back to the majors, it will likely be in a part-time capacity.

Melvin Upton
CF FA
8 months ago

Upton will compete for a spot on Cleveland's Opening Day roster during spring training, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Upton inked a minor-league contract with the Indians back in December and will battle for a backup outfield spot with Rajai Davis on the big-league squad. Three of Cleveland's outfielders bat left-handed, so Upton could see at-bats against lefty pitching if he makes the team. The 33-year-old slashed a disappointing .238/.291/.402 in 2016, and will look to rebound this season.

Melvin Upton
CF FA
10 months ago

Upton signed a minor-league deal with the Indians on Friday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

This is in line with how the Indians have approached outside outfield help in recent years, as Upton is affordable and does a couple things well, which could allow him to eventually earn a spot in the majors in a part-time capacity. He has a career 109 wRC+ against lefties, and slashed .275/.341/.533 against southpaws in 120 at-bats in 2016. Thumb and shoulder injuries limited him to just 12 games at Triple-A last season before being cut loose by the Giants in August. He can handle center field in a pinch, but can be a plus defender in left field, as he still has plenty of speed. Upton will get a chance to try to earn the short-side of a platoon this spring.

Melvin Upton
CF FA
1 year ago

The Giants granted Upton his release Monday, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 33-year-old Upton inked a minor-league deal with the Giants in April with the hope of eventually working his way onto the big-league roster, but that never materialized after he battled injuries for much of the season and appeared in just 12 games with Triple-A Sacramento. Upton is back to full strength now, but since the last-place Giants weren't eager to open up playing time down the stretch for a declining veteran, he'll look to find an opportunity as a depth outfielder for a playoff-contending squad. He could have offer some usefulness as a base runner and occasional starter against left-handed pitching.

Melvin Upton
CF FA
1 year ago

Upton (shoulder) went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI in his return to the lineup at Triple-A Sacramento, Andrew Baggarly of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Upton missed two and a half months with a thumb injury earlier this season and was able to compete in just one game in July before being sidelined by a new shoulder ailment. After some time off, he made his Triple-A return Tuesday and will likely finish out the 2017 campaign in the Giants' minor leagues unless another MLB club shows interest in him.

Melvin Upton
CF FA
1 year ago

Upton is dealing with shoulder irritation, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Upton only managed to appear in one game for Triple-A Sacramento before injuring himself once more. He's scheduled to see team doctors soon, after which more information on the injury and how long he'll be out should come forth. For now, consider him day-to-day.

Melvin Upton
CF FA
1 year ago

Upton (thumb) was activated from the 7-day disabled list Saturday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Upton is finally back in action for the River Cats after missing more than two months with a torn ligament in his thumb. Given the Giants' struggles this season, Upton could earn himself an opportunity with the big club if he's able to perform well for Sacramento.

Melvin Upton
CF FA
1 year ago

Upton had surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament and will miss at least eight weeks, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports

EDGE Analysis

Upton won't be able to go on a rehab assignment until late June in the absolute best case, so chances are he won't be available for the Giants until after the All-Star break. He hit 20 home runs between the Blue Jays and Padres last season and was looking like an intriguing outfield option before this injury took him out. Now the 31-year-old will have a long road back to the majors.

Melvin Upton
CF FA
1 year ago

Upton injured his thumb when he was hit by a pitch Wednesday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Upton, who signed a minor-league deal with the Giants on April 8, has been stationed with Triple-A Sacramento as he looks to play his way back into the majors. Until more concrete details become available regarding his thumb's condition, the veteran outfielder will be labeled as day-to-day.

Melvin Upton
CF FA
2 years ago

Upton is set to sign a minor-league contract with the Giants on Saturday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Upton was released by the Blue Jays right before the season started after struggling throughout spring. Upon signing with the Giants, he'll likely report to Triple-A Sacramento where he will try to work his way back to the majors. If he's able to impress the Giants, Upton could eventually earn himself an opportunity to platoon with Jarrett Parker in left field.