Tigers and Angels complete Upton deal
The Detroit Tigers acquired right-handed pitcher Elvin Rodriguez from the Los Angeles Angels Friday to complete the trade for outfielder Justin Upton. The 19-year-old Rodriguez ranked as the 22nd-best prospect in the Angels’ organization according to MLB Pipeline. A native of the Dominican Republic, the sixfoot-three, 160-pound Rodriguez signed with the Angels as an international free agent in 2014. Rodriguez split his time this past season between rookie-level Orem and single-A Burlington. He combined for a 5-3 record with a 2.91 earned-run average. He struck out 61 batters in 68 innings and opponents had a .251 batting average against him.