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Mariners sign OF Justin Upton to 1-year deal

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Mar 21, 2022; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Angels outfielder Justin Upton against the Kansas City Royals during spring training at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Mariners signed outfielder Justin Upton to a one-year deal Saturday night.

Upton will report to Seattle’s extended spring training camp. The team designated right-hander Adrian Sampson for assignment to create roster space.

Upton will make roughly $550,000, the prorated portion of the $700,000 MLB minimum.

Upton was released April 8 by the Los Angeles Angels, who owe Upton the remainder of his $28 million salary for 2022.

Upton, 34, batted .211 with 17 homers and 41 RBIs in 89 games last season. He missed significant time with back injuries.

A four-time All-Star, Upton is a career .262 hitter with 324 homers and 1,000 RBIs in 1,828 games with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres, Detroit Tigers and Angels.

–Field Level Media