An Aug. 31 trade that means something? I never thought I'd see the day. The Angels traded for Justin Upton on Thursday, boosting their wild-card chances in a significant way while removing a problematic contract from the Tigers' roster.
With 5.0 WAR and counting through 125 games, Upton, 30, is in the midst of his best season since 2011 -- and possibly his best season, period. The bat speed that seemed to vanish last year has returned, and as a result Upton is punishing fastballs again, while adjusting enough to sliders that they're no longer the obvious way to get him out.