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4 players facing uncertain futures with LA Angels

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Sep 23, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels, Brandon Marsh, Shohei Ohtani
Sep 23, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels, Brandon Marsh, Shohei Ohtani / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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Justin Upton, LA Angels
Aug 15, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Justin Upton, LA Angels / Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

No. 3 player facing uncertain future with LA Angels: Justin Upton

For starters, it's even possible that the LA Angels could trade Justin Upton THIS offseason. They are reportedly already talking to the Reds, A's, and Marlins about trading for starting pitching this offseason. Upton could be the first to go due to him costing $28 million for this season, and Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh likely staying up in the Big Leagues to complete their development.

And Upton, like Stassi, has had a very difficult time staying healthy these last few years. He's played just 194 games (out of 384) in the past three seasons. And he's ended up playing some of those games hurt, anyways, like last year.

Last season he missed a month, and when he came back, he didn't look like the same player he was leading up to the injury at all. In the month before he got hurt, he hit .326/.420/.600 (1.020 OPS) with six home runs and 25 runs scored in 25 games.

After, he wasn't sniffing that level of production, and the Halos found he was still hurt and shut him down. Upton's play the month before he was injured suggests that he absolutely can still play at a high level when healthy, but health is something hard to count on with Upton. Couple that with the fact that his contract's up after this season, and his Angels future is in jeopardy.

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