Cleveland Indians reach deal with Melvin Upton Jr.

By The Sports Xchange  |  Dec. 15, 2017 at 4:37 PM
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Outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. and the Cleveland Indians agreed on a one-year, minor league deal on Friday, according to multiple reports.

Upton, 33, will receive a base salary of $1.5 million if he makes the Cleveland roster.

Upton dealt with thumb and shoulder injuries most of last season and didn't play in the majors. He played in 12 games for Triple-A Sacramento, an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, before being released in late August.

In 2016, Upton batted .238 with 20 homers, 61 RBIs and 27 steals while splitting the season between the San Diego Padres and Toronto Blue Jays.

Upton owns a .243 career average with 164 homers, 586 RBIs and 300 stolen bases during parts of 12 big-league seasons. He also has played for the Tampa Bay Rays and Atlanta Braves.

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