Second base has been the Angels' other big problem, and the 36-year-old Phillips should be an immediate upgrade.
Reynolds said he and Upton spoke with Tigers GM Al Avila recently to gauge the direction the Tigers plan to take.
The man gives the Angels a proper power bat to complement star Mike Trout, not to mention offer the two-time MVP some much-needed protection in the lineup.
Justin Upton #8 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates with Nicholas Castellanos #9 after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 5, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Upton, who started his career with the Diamondbacks, can opt out of his deal after the season, but reports indicate he has not guaranteed that he won't opt out.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Upton is due $22.125 million in each of the next four seasons, and about $3.5 million for the rest of this season. Per multiple sources, Upton was traded from Detroit because of his plans to opt out of the deal, a move that makes sense on his part given Detroit's rebuilding phase.
The Angels made this trade just before the September 1st deadline so should the Angels make their way into the playoffs Upton will be eligible to play.
But the truth is that we are at the point in the season where no risk means no reward so when push comes to shove, Eppler did the right thing in landing Upton.
The reeling Yankees' road to the playoffs just got a bit more challenging.
Phillips is batting.291 with 11 homers and 52 RBIs. The position has been problematic for Los Angeles for several years, with $125 million bust Josh Hamilton leading the list of players who didn't produce at the position.