Diamondbacks Listening On Justin Upton

6:09pm: Marc Carig of The Star-Ledger says that like the Red Sox, the Yankees were just doing their due diligence when they called about Upton.

3:33pm: The Yankees talked to the Diamondbacks about Upton, tweets Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

12:56pm: The Red Sox expressed interest in Upton, report Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  However, one source tells the FOX writers the talks are "not far advanced," while WEEI's Rob Bradford heard the rumor has "no legs."  Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe concurs, calling the discussions "more due diligence than actual trade talk" (Twitter link).

10:59am: You may have missed it yesterday, but USA Today's Bob Nightengale listed Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton as one of the big names GMs say are already "under discussion."  GM Kevin Towers elaborated:

"I'm open to listening on anybody.  We got more hits on Upton and [Stephen] Drew. They're difficult to move, but sometimes to make your club better, you have to move good players. You never know when a deal might present itself."

This could be little more than a GM taking the common stance that no player is untouchable.  Today Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweeted that while the D'Backs are listening on Upton, the return would have to be "big."  He notes that they're much less inclined to move Drew – they'd have to be "blown away," given the lack of alternatives at shortstop.

Upton, still only 23, regressed a bit in the first year of his six-year, $51.25MM contract.  He hit .273/.356/.442 in 571 plate appearances, though a shoulder strain may have been partially responsible.  Though he slipped in all three categories, his walk rate was actually higher than it was in '09.  Since Upton would not have been arbitration eligible until now, almost all of his contract will be paid out over 2011-15. 

Trading Upton would be very difficult from a public relations standpoint unless the D'Backs receive a comparable young star in return.  It's difficult to picture Upton terrorizing the D'Backs over the next five years as a member of the Rockies, Dodgers, Padres, or Giants, but any club could afford Upton financially.  In the opinion of Rosenthal's colleague Jon Paul Morosi, the Braves would be at the front of the line for Upton and they have the young arms to pull off a deal (Twitter link).


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392 Comments on "Diamondbacks Listening On Justin Upton"


4 years 9 months ago

Hey Frank, sell the farm.

dizzle4
4 years 9 months ago

Imagine the Braves outfield with Heyward and Upton for the next five years.

Yucavich
4 years 9 months ago

I’ve been salivating all morning..

4 years 9 months ago

Morosi says we’d be at the front of the line with the ammo to get the deal done.

TheHotCorner
4 years 9 months ago

That would be nice. I would prefer Upton over Rasmus. Not that I don’t like Rasmus but Upton is a right handed bat. With Heyward, McCann and Freeman lefties we could use a right handed bat.

HipNip2009
4 years 9 months ago

The Braves won’t get Upton, either one, not after they got Uggla. Who would they offer to the Dbacks?

4 years 9 months ago

We didn’t give up a damn thing for Uggla. A utility infielder and a LOOGY.

4 years 9 months ago

Well, if the Braves can’t get Upton, could they get Matt Kemp?

Brandon Woodworth
4 years 9 months ago

No Braves fan here seems keen on trading any prospect. Ditto on Bowmans Blog. No one realizes you have to give to get. We’re not gonna get Josh Hamilton for Nate McLouth.

Yucavich
4 years 9 months ago

I would switch farm systems with AZ if that’s what it took (not sure the state of AZ’s system but ATL’s is stockpiled with pitching).

4 years 9 months ago

For Upton, there’s no prospect save maybe Teheran that’s untouchable. This deal needs to be made, and I have full confidence in Frank Wren to do what’s right for the Braves.

Brandon Woodworth
4 years 9 months ago

I agree. Delgado should be a conversation starter.

NYBravosFan10
4 years 9 months ago

and Freeman. I’d like to keep pastornicky but besides those two, take you pick D-Backs GM

4 years 9 months ago

Pastornicky is nowhere close to the talent level of our top prospects. If they ask for Pastornicky, they get Pastornicky. He’s borderline top-20 talent for us.

NYBravosFan10
4 years 9 months ago

the only reason i don’t want to lose him is because he is going to be Gonzalez’s immediate replacement but other than that he’s able to go

4 years 9 months ago

Pastornicky’s upside is as a utility man. If anyone in our system is our starting SS next year, we’re in trouble.

NYBravosFan10
4 years 9 months ago

who else though? Salcedo isn’t 20 yet and Mycal Jones isn’t all that advanced either? Who could be a stop gap?

4 years 9 months ago

Free agent/trade. Wren will figure something out, but I’d put money on it not being Pastornicky.

14 Rocks
4 years 9 months ago

If you review the old minor league scouting reports Yunel and Martin Prado were also both given “utility man upside” grades. If Pastornicky’s bat comes alive then I wouldn’t be shocked to see him as the starting shortstop in 2012. The other shortstop prospects are both very young at least 2 – 3 years away (Matt Lipka and Andrelton Simmons)

4 years 9 months ago

Escobar had a .787 OPS in the minors. Prado’s was .746 but developed power in the majors. Pastornicky’s OPS? .696

14 Rocks
4 years 9 months ago

Yunel was a lot older and more developed in the minors than Pastornicky. Pastornicky also made a big jump from A to AA last year (as well as changing organizations). I would give him next season in the minors to see how it looks like his bat will play. He may not be the answer but he had a great season in the AFL.

NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 9 months ago

He may not be very high for us, but with guys like Hicks, Escobar, & Diory not fulfilling what we need and Mycal & Lipka being too far off, Pastornicky is our best player at a position we have a big need for.

4 years 9 months ago

That doesn’t make him untouchable. He’s not that good. If he’s starting for us, then we’ve got big problems.

NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 9 months ago

true, but he’s more valuable to us than he is for D-backs. Besides, they have Drew, so there’s no real merit too it, just that we will give up a whole position to acquire this outfielder.

melonis_rex
4 years 9 months ago

You’re getting 5 years of Upton, who will be 28 when his contract expires in 2015. Upton’s younger than a lot of prospects, and he’s been in MLB for years. And, the DBacks have no reason to trade him unless they’re getting at least one elite prospect back in return–In other words, Teheran’s probably gone.

Upton’s the kind of player who can singlehandedly give the Diamondbacks a top 5-10 farm system.

alxn
4 years 9 months ago

I agree. I think it would probably take Freeman, Teheran, and maybe more. As a Braves fan I would be willing to do that for 5 years of a future superstar.

14 Rocks
4 years 9 months ago

There is no way the Braves get Upton without giving up Teheran plus others.

csg
4 years 9 months ago

I disagree – Jurrjens, Delgado, Beachy, Vizcaino and Dunn would get the deal done without Teheran

Yucavich
4 years 9 months ago

I’d almost rather give up Teheran with less other prospects included.

Edit: retracting this statement. Just dumb.

4 years 9 months ago

I wouldn’t. Teheran is an elite prospect. I’d hand the Cardinals more prospects in the JD Drew deal if it meant we could have kept Waino.

Yucavich
4 years 9 months ago

Agreed. See edit haha..

RiverKKiller999
4 years 9 months ago

Delgado,Vizciano,Beachy,Mycal Jones would be my final offer.

dbreer23
4 years 9 months ago

If I’m Towers, there is no way I take that deal…and I love the first two guys listed.

I can hardly believe this is a huge discussion. I mean, I know it’s fun to think big for your team’s aspirations, but does anyone REALLY believe that AZ trades J. Upton? If they do, they are the biggest fools this side of…well, fill in your own blank.

NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 9 months ago

Delgado is the only solid piece, but all four are still prospects. I could see some people saying no to this deal, but 2 top 100 prospects, a prospect w/ a great year that dipped into the Majors and proved strong against a top offense and a fast SS/3B prospect… it’s very hard to say no to the deal. Vizcaino’s health should be the only concern.

azdsnd
4 years 9 months ago

Quantity over quality deal. No thanks.

Teheran is a must.

This is Justin Upton. You absolutely are going to need to give up Teheran and more to get him.

4 years 9 months ago

Braves fan here, you’re freakin’ crazy for unloading all those for Upton. Batshit crazy. Jurrjens is proven and affordable.

4 years 9 months ago

I beg to differ. The Braves have enough pitching prospects to where we can make a deal for an elite player without including Teheran, who may be the top pitching prospect in baseball. Teheran is as untouchable as a prospect can get, especially with Frank Wren as the GM. If KT asks for Teheran, he won’t get him.

4 years 9 months ago

Teheran is Neftali Feliz, but a starter. If we give both up and we won’t see them pitch in an Atlanta uni, that’d be depressing. Strangely, I wonder how seeing Feliz an AS and ROY in the same season affects what future trades ATL makes when dealing prospects. Hopefully they’ll think a lot longer about it…especially when regarding a possible rental. And please note that FLA is looking for a lot less (presumably) for Uggla than ARZ is for Upton…and they’re both paid relatively the same. However, Upton is under team control for the next 4 years…Uggla only for 2011.

NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 9 months ago

You don’t always have to get a team’s TOP prospect. You can still get a top prospect + others. If you want Teheran, the trade would have to end there. If you want Delgado or Vizcaino, you can talk your way into getting a lot of others in return.

4 years 9 months ago

Remember this is the same team that traded an affordable Dan Haren for Joe Saunders and a low prospect to LAA. They essentially gave him to LAA. Yes, GMs have changed but they’re somewhat strapped for cash and the new GM would rather could prospects than somewhat pricey players, even if they’re not vets.

NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 9 months ago

I know Beachy, Spurier, C. Johnson, Mycal Jones, Matt Young, Schafer, Vizcaino, Lipka, Hyde, Marek, Hicks are all names we could do without. The question is, names like Minor, Delgado, Christian, Venter, Dunn – would they be in discussions? Hanson, Heyward, Freeman, Pastornicky, Kimbrel, & McCann are all untouchables…. oh my… i love our farm system. Look at all those good players.

4 years 9 months ago

Pastornicky is far from untouchable. He’s a utility man at best.

NYBravosFan10
4 years 9 months ago

lol, is this going to keep you up at night? Like I said earlier, the only reason Pastornicky might be seen as less than touchable (you’ve convinced me away from untouchable) is because he’s the best option for 2012. Hicks took a nose dive when he entered Turner Field, Diory isn’t going to develop and Jones/Lipka are both a little far off.

4 years 9 months ago

Just trying to educate fans a little bit better about our prospects.

NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 9 months ago

as commented above, I agree with NYBravosFan10, you convinced me as well. It’s just the need of a 3B & SS really hurts us. If Chipper retired this year we could sign Beltre. If he retires next year, we can get Uggla. Other than that, I can only see getting a guy like Loney or Prado.

bbxxj
4 years 9 months ago

Put Minor, Teheran, Kimbrel and Freeman in one pile and say you can add whatever other prospects you want to Jurrjens as the ‘token MLB headliner’. I would imagine they would want more than a few of Vizcaino, Delgado, Beachy, Bethancourt, Perez, Dunn, M.Jones to go along with Jurrjens.

I wouldn’t and Wren has pretty much come out several years in and said he won’t trade his ‘core’ would would include guys like Heyward, Freeman, Teheran, Kimbrel and maybe Minor.

4 years 9 months ago

I like this. Set the “core guys” to the side and let Kevin Towers pick and choose with what’s left. It’ll be interesting to see how FW and KT work together after the Peavy fiasco.

bbxxj
4 years 9 months ago

Good point about the Peavy deal. That’s a excellent example of of Wren works. KT keeps asking for Hanson, Wren keeps saying no and no deal goes down. If KT insists on Freeman or Teheran and Wren says no then KT should know Wren isn’t bluffing and will go another direction.

safari_punch
4 years 9 months ago

I don’t know a team that wouldn’t want this guy.

They wouldn’t trade both players, would they?

melonis_rex
4 years 9 months ago

If they trade Upton, they should go ahead and trade Drew and make it a full-on rebuild.

If they’re keeping Upton and trading Drew, that sounds more logical though.

dbreer23
4 years 9 months ago

Though why on earth you’d trade a 23 y.o. stud-in-the-making as part of a rebuild is beyond me…may as well ask to be contracted with that kind of thinking.

dizzle4
4 years 9 months ago

So, am I reading it right that he’s basically going to cost $10M a year for the next 5 seasons?

Still worthwhile given Upton’s upside, but it’s not exactly a steal. That’s still an expensive contract, and there’s definitely a fair bit of risk.

nm344
4 years 9 months ago

According to fangraphs, Upton may be worth 100 million more in the next 5 years over what he will get paid.

YourThirdGradeReadingLevel
4 years 9 months ago

Kevin Towers has vets to add. He needs to rid himself of those pesky young, productive players.

Enjoy, Arizona!

4 years 9 months ago

whoopee

j6takish
4 years 9 months ago

I don’t know if I would consider Upton ‘Difficult to Move’. In fact, if he ever becomes available I guarantee you he is gone the same day he is made available

4 years 9 months ago

“Hard to move” is from the D’Backs point-of-view, since it’s going to take a massive haul to acquire him.

4 years 9 months ago

Jocketty, PLEASE make this happen.

4 years 9 months ago

I’d give them Leake, Alonso, Fransisco, and Cozart. If they gave us Drew as well you can add Smith, Frazier, and Valaika. This would give the D-backs a guy to slot into their rotation, a strong young CHEAP bullpen arm, and their infield of the future Alonso, Valaika, Cozart, Frazier. Plus they can try to work Fransisco into an acceptable LF or 3B but he has mammoth power potential.

redsandyanksfan
4 years 9 months ago

I was thinking the exact same thing i would slot him in left field because Jay Bruce is pretty damn good in right and has one of the strongest and accurate throwing arms in the outfield. Drew Stubbs is so freakin fast it isnt funny and he covers alot of ground and is very good in center. Justin Upton is really really young and he could be very good well better than what he is in this hitting park.I would give them Yonder Alonso, for there future firstbasemen , Mike Leake even thoug h they would perfer Travis Woods but i would wanna keep him. Juan Fransico so if they trade Mark Reyolds they already have someone to take over and maybe 2 of Zach Cozart,Chris Heisey or Todd Fraizer. Or all of them for Justin Upton And Drew tey might want Janish to take over for Drew.

alexchicago14
4 years 9 months ago

Screw it, if theres a way the cubs can get em’, i’d welcome him with open arms

NYBravosFan10
4 years 9 months ago

Screw Uggla Frank, I’m sure this guy could play left field. THIS is the guy that’s worth guys like Brandon Beachy, Arodys Vizcaino or Randall Delgado. Frank, do this and we’ll officially forgive you for bringing in Jesse Chavez.

4 years 9 months ago

He can definitely play centerfield.

ATL_Mindset
4 years 9 months ago

Beachy or Vizcaino or Delgado for Justin Upton, LOL! You so silly!

NYBravosFan10
4 years 9 months ago

I meant them for starters duh!!! You so silly!!! So is ur avatar.

ATL_Mindset
4 years 9 months ago

Oh, my bad, I thought Justin Upton was an incredible outfielder, great hitter and signed to a reasonable contract. Wait, Kevin Towers is new! Maybe he doesn’t know all that stuff! Get ’em Wren!!!

NYBravosFan10
4 years 9 months ago

we’ve dealt with him before. Remember the Jake Peavy debacle? There’s a movie title that describes his GM skills…did you ever see Faulty Towers?

azdsnd
4 years 9 months ago

Remember how Peavy’s been mediocre since that trade and KT actually won that deal?

Yeah…

4 years 9 months ago

Plus, Fawlty towers was a TV show, not a movie.

RiverKKiller999
4 years 9 months ago

Braves pitching would come to mind for the D-Backs, at least that’s what I’d expect.

Slopeboy
4 years 9 months ago

What Towers is doing is just letting the team know he’s the new boss. Upton signed a big money contract and had a ‘down’ year, he’s just telling Upton not too get complacent. That he mentions Drew is just to let everyone know that no one is expendable and not just picking on Upton. I would be really surprised if these two were actually moved.

4 years 9 months ago

I think it’s part that and also the fact that Towers has historically been way more open than other GMs about trade talks and inquiries. I recall the Cubs being pretty annoyed at how much he’d say publicly about the Peavy talks.

4 years 9 months ago

Not just the Cubs, the Braves too. He cost us a shot at a Nick Swisher/Javy Vazquez trade.

GasLampGuru
4 years 9 months ago

Towers is going to tear the young core in Arizona apart from the seams. It’s what he does. He’s going to trade their bats for pitching and replace the kids with ‘solid veterans’ who don’t produce.

4 years 9 months ago

The Diamondbacks are really considering this? Isn’t the entire point to have young talent on the field that’s locked up for multiple years?

4 years 9 months ago

Upton could single-handedly give the D-backs a top-5 farm system if he’s traded. Considering how far they are from contention, I would say this is a genius move.

dbreer23
4 years 9 months ago

Sure that’s great…except that not all prospects pan out, and JUp already has 3 years in the bigs. The Teixiera-to-ATL is the gold standard for ‘trading for prospects’ but not the norm…and even in that case, only 2 of those guys are above replacement level (albeit WELL above).

I’d rather keep the guy I know can get the job done while I have control of him for 5 more years…selling anyone else is fine but Upton should still be untouchable.

4 years 9 months ago

You are right so let them have one really good player and let the rest toil in mediocrity. That’s a really good plan.

jammin502
4 years 9 months ago

Justin Upton is kind of that tweener type of player that can frustrate a team. Maybe too much power to lead off, and maybe not enough power for the middle of the order. Strikeouts are very high, maybe too high for the amount of homeruns that he hits. He does have a lot of upside, but it could be frustrating getting to the point where you are saying “he is a steal at $6 million per year!”. Years 2014 and 2015 could be rough if he hasn’t become what is hoped and you are paying $14 million per each year on him. As a Cub fan I know all about having underperforming players at unmovable salary rates!

Yucavich
4 years 9 months ago

Upton is 23 and his salary will never be unmovable with his current contract.

4 years 9 months ago

He put up a .899 OPS in his age 21 season and was hampered by a shoulder injury this year but still improved his walk rate. There’s close to zero risk in acquiring Upton, other than destroying your farm system.

jammin502
4 years 9 months ago

I like the kid, and do think he has a lot of upside, but if he were to settle in as a .250 hitter with 18 HR / 18 SB and 160k per year, I would have a lot of trouble handing out $14 million to that. There is a risk, and the risk is the unknown… injuries, pitchers figuring him out, off field troubles, etc. That said, I do expect him to become an elite player in the next few years.

4 years 9 months ago

And he’s just as likely to become a superstar with mammoth power and speed to boot. We can play the “what if” game all day, but he’s already shown what he can do when he’s healthy.

NYBravosFan10
4 years 9 months ago

that’s what they invented the #2 spot in the order for lol

jammin502
4 years 9 months ago

In Chicago, 80% of the players are #2 or lower part of the batting order type players!

stl_cards16
4 years 9 months ago

Isn’t that what you want? You only need 1 leadoff hitter, which would be less than 20% of your line-up. Most teams don’t even have 1 true leadoff hitter, they are just hard to find right now.

4 years 9 months ago

Have you seen some of the bombs Upton has hit? He most certainly has the raw power to be a middle of the lineup type. He just has to put his skill set to work and get some more consistency to his game.

bigpat
4 years 9 months ago

Expensive contract, but he would be one hell of a player to get, I’d love to see the Pirates trade for him. I feel like he’d fit on basically any team in the league. Even though he had a down year, it was still pretty damn good and he should improve the next few seasons.

Yucavich
4 years 9 months ago

Yeah not expensive at all.

RiverKKiller999
4 years 9 months ago

Are you guys trying to pull Braves Fans chains on these Uggla and Upton Ideas? It’s not funny.I’m sure the D-Backs would ask for Julio Teheran and the Braves better say NO.

j6takish
4 years 9 months ago

This isn’t selling the farm for a rental, this is selling the farm for a kid who almost has infinite upside and is locked up for 5 years at a pretty “reasonable” rate.

dizzle4
4 years 9 months ago

I’d do that deal if I’m the Braves GM.

Yucavich
4 years 9 months ago

Uggla is WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY different from Upton. You sell the farm for an Upton..you avoid the Ugglas at all cost.

DK8
4 years 9 months ago

Well, maybe not at the cost of a utility guy and a hard throwing walk prone lefty…

NYBravosFan10
4 years 9 months ago

If kevin towers asked for Julio Teheran then Frank Wren would say “Remember when you asked for Tommy Hanson? Yeah, go pound salt {CLICK}” Or in this case “Tell me if I have a stain on the back of my shirt as I’m walking away”.

NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 9 months ago

I hate the pride of GM’s to not make a heavy-sided trade just because you don’t get the top prospect. Braves can give you more than you’ll ever want from their farm and still not give up their top 4 prospects. Towers may be one of those guys who doesn’t care about that. If He asks for Teheran, Wren should ask for Drew & Upton.

4 years 9 months ago

Remember the Peavy talks? Hanson was the hang-up and Wren refused to move him. I’d say he cares about getting that one marquee guy.

NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 9 months ago

That’s why I said I hate the Pride. My last sentence was Wren basically making Towers hang up, so I completely understand… I wish we had Swisher.

Dylan Ramirez
4 years 9 months ago

God forbid that the Padres didn’t accept the offer of Yunel Escobar, Gorkys Hernandez, Jo Jo Reyes, and Blaine Boyer. Hanson was not the hang up the Padres wanted Tyler Flowers instead of Blaine Boyer and Charlie Morton over Jo-Jo Reyes.

4 years 9 months ago

I know it’s their job to listen but whenever another GM says “we’re open to listening to offers for anyone, including (star player x)”, they don’t even realize how many stupid trade proposals they are subjecting me to.

4 years 9 months ago

You’re Kevin Towers. You get a phone call from (team name). They’re offering your choice of three prospects from the organization’s top 4 to top 10. (1 – 3 are off limits).

Do you accept? Why?

4 years 9 months ago

Not a chance, because I can pick up the phone and call (team other than “team name”) and actually get their real prospects for my 23 year old stud.

Edit: Unless team name is Kansas City.

NYBravosFan10
4 years 9 months ago

when you say top prospect in Kansas City you are talking about Mike Moustakas…he’s possibly the MOST untouchable prospect is baseball. The Royals wouldn’t give him up for an A-Rod that was 22 again.

4 years 9 months ago

I know. I was saying that with the Royals system, their 4-10 guys are all so good that I’d consider it. A package of Lamb/Montgomery, Duffy and Dwyer? YES PLEASE. With other teams that don’t have that massive depth in their top 8, I would demand one of their top 2 guys.

NYBravosFan10
4 years 9 months ago

Oh ok, I see what you’re saying

4 years 9 months ago

Mike Trout is definitely up there.

4 years 9 months ago

or Hosmer or Wil Myers. Any of those could be considered the Royals top prospect.

…Jesus

NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 9 months ago

What if that first team’s 4-10 prospects are better than the other teams top prospect and the other gutter prospects they would get in the trade. 90 + 80 + 80 are better than 100 + 70 + 50 + 20.

4 years 9 months ago

I’m sort of confused as to what you mean here.Anyway, from what I gather, your hypothetical only works if it’s a two team negotiation. With the case of Upton, all 29 teams should have some degree of interest. At least one of them would have to be willing to give up elite prospects.

NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 9 months ago

I’m saying that a good farm’s 3 of 4-10 can be A LOT better than a bad farm’s num1 then few others in the backdrop. Braves have some top prospects and enough that they could make another team’s farm while not giving up their own.

4 years 9 months ago

I’m sort of confused as to what you mean here.Anyway, from what I gather, your hypothetical only works if it’s a two team negotiation. With the case of Upton, all 29 teams should have some degree of interest. At least one of them would have to be willing to give up elite prospects.

melonis_rex
4 years 9 months ago

No, unless its Kansas City on the phone.

4 years 9 months ago

Kemp, Upton and Ethier would be one heck of an outfield.

jdub220
4 years 9 months ago

Why would the D’Backs trade a player like Upton to a division rival?

NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 9 months ago

Dodgers would have to sell their whole farm for that. D-Backs wont trade intra-Division.

vtadave
4 years 9 months ago

Hey a guy can dream…

Towers once dealt Greg Maddux to the Dodgers for nothing. Maybe he’d do the same with Upton. :-)

4 years 9 months ago

actually watt still has potential

melonis_rex
4 years 9 months ago

You don’t trade franchise players to division rivals. You just don’t. It’s just too painful. (ehh, even franchise players traded to the other league and then traded back to division rivals down the road is painful)

andrewyf
4 years 9 months ago

And according to some trade proposals here, to acquire that outfield Boston would only have to give up Felix Doubront and Ryan Kalish.

4 years 9 months ago

The only Upton I could see the Dodgers getting is B.J.

mkorpal
4 years 9 months ago

I wonder how his return would compare to what they got for Haren.

dizzle4
4 years 9 months ago

Can’t be much worse.

4 years 9 months ago

I imagine the Braves would have to give up Freddie Freeman and one of their pitching prospects but I don’t see a trade happening. It’s just like how the Cardinals are listening on Rasmus. Both players will still be with their teams on opening day.

csg
4 years 9 months ago

they have enough pitching to get the deal done. Freeman wouldnt have to be included

4 years 9 months ago

It depends whether Arizona wants to win now or later. If they want to win now, I could see them asking for Freeman, but if they can wait The Brave could offer Bethancourt, Vizcaino, Perez, and the tons of pitching in the lower minors to start.

coachofall
4 years 9 months ago

I think the only people who see Freeman as a potential impact bat are braves fans. They will aim much higher than Freeman in any Upton talks

nm344
4 years 9 months ago

Braves fans in general seem a little too giddy over their prospects. If I was them I wouldn’t be so sure Freeman should be getting they keys to first base next year.

jackparkman1
4 years 9 months ago

The Cardinals need to make this happen. Rasmus, Holliday and Upton is the sickest outfield in baseball. I would even consider trading Rasmus straight up for Upton as the power potential is probably greater in Upton.

PujolsHollidayWestbrook
4 years 9 months ago

I was typing when you posted this. I like it.

stl_cards16
4 years 9 months ago

I really like the idea of adding Upton(like about anyone else)but not at the expense of Rasmus. Rasmus is getting better each year, is cheaper, and is our only decent left handed bat. I don’t know what it would cost though. Maybe Shelby Miller, Lance Lynn, Jason Motte, and Daryl Jones?

gocrazy
4 years 9 months ago

My first thought upon reading the headline was IF the Cards are going to trade Rasmus, this is the direction they need to go in.