Justin Upton Rumors: Thursday

Yesterday we learned that rival teams continue to kick the tires on Justin Upton. It will take four or five players to meet Arizona's demands, but GM Kevin Towers seems genuinely open to moving the 23-year-old. The Rockies, Marlins and Red Sox appear to be among the interested teams, but the Braves aren't likely to get involved. Here are today's rumors:

  • D'Backs president Derrick Hall isn't concerned about potential fallout if the club does not move Upton, tweets Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.  Arizona has talked to Upton and told him that they "owe it to [themselves]" to listen, Crasnick tweets.
  • The D’Backs are more inclined to move Upton than they were when the GM Meetings began, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, who confirms that the Blue Jays, Mariners and Marlins “have expressed a high level of interest in Upton.”
  • The Blue Jays are showing "strong interest" in Upton, according to Rosenthal (on Twitter). They are the mystery team from FOX Sports' earlier report.
  • The Mariners are not ruling out Upton and could construct a deal around pitching prospect Michael Pineda, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter).
  • The Orioles are not pursuing Upton now, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (on Twitter).
  • Towers is determined not to trade Upton within the NL West, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com (on Twitter).
  • The Red Sox are on the "backburner" in the Upton talks after a mystery team made a strong push yesterday, according to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. About half of MLB teams showed some interest in Upton, but the D'Backs aren't going to trade him unless they "win" the trade. Arizona wants four prospects in return and teams like the Yankees aren't comfortable parting ways with that much talent. The D'Backs and Red Sox have discussed expanded deals that involve at least one other team.
  • The Red Sox are showing more interest than the Yankees, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com (Twitter link). He says the D'Backs would likely request Daniel Bard and Jacoby Ellsbury from the Red Sox.


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580 Comments on "Justin Upton Rumors: Thursday"


chowdah219
4 years 9 months ago

Too much..lets be realistic..

4 years 9 months ago

so far, the names i’ve seen i would call “not enough”

Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

Too little if you ask me…

This is just a gut feeling of mine…But I think the Royals are the mystery team…Either the Royals/A’s/Nationals/Twins/Reds

4 years 9 months ago

I am hoping (and thinking) it is the Nationals considering Rizzo was Asst. GM in Arizona when they drafted him.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

I could really see that, but then again aside from the Red Sox, I think there see 19 other teams in Baseball that make sense for Upton and have the players to make a. Deal happen. Assuming its not a team in the NL West,

Yankees, Blue Jays, Red Sox, Orioles, Rays, Phillies, Nationals, Marlins, Braves, Twins, Tigers, Royals, White Sox, Reds, Pirates, Cubs, Astros, Cardinals, A’s, Angels, Mariners all make perfect sense for Upton.

bucs_lose_again
4 years 9 months ago

Upton makes good sense for the Bucs, sure…but trading away the necessary pieces to make such a move makes ZERO sense for them. I get what you’re saying though.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

Glad you get what I’m saying. It also makes zero sense for the Mariners, who might be the favorite. But I guess the whole point for these two teams is gathering up 3 or 4 little Justin Uptons and acquiring a big one. Like Meek/Tabata/Owens/Morris. I’d do that

As long as Ackley and Pineda aren’t part of the deal, I wouldn’t mind trying to get Justin Upton to the Mariners, he’d give them a STRONG OF and I’d imagine Saunders would be part of the trade along with someone like SS Nick Franklin and 1b Justin Smoak. If they trade Smoak, I would then go and try to get Big Donkey to play 1b/DH part time.

Imiller53031
4 years 9 months ago

Yeah I agree, i feel like Ackley and Pineda should be our only untouchables..What if we did something like…Franklin, Cortes, Vargas, and saunders? That seems like it would actually be pretty fair, but at the same time, the dbacks don’t want fair. They want to win.

m4r1n3r
4 years 9 months ago

Ackley, Pineda AND Smoak should be off the table. Smoak hasn’t had enough time and you don’t trade away the guy that you gave up Cliff Lee for without giving him the time to see what he can do. That would be pretty dumb.

astropolis
4 years 9 months ago

If the M’s can swing a deal with Kansas City for the blocked Kila Ka’aihue and plug him in at first, I can live with the M’s moving on without Smoak. If the M’s managed to win the posting on Nishioka, and he actually pans out transitioning to MLB, then I can live with the M’s moving on without Franklin or even Ackley or both. But minus those considerations, I’d be reluctant to part with any of those players and definitely not Pineda.

4 years 9 months ago

Wilmer Flores, Jenrry Mejia, Matt Harvey, Fernando Martinez. Sound fair?

4 years 9 months ago

Pass on that.

Two Triple-A starters with great talent/track records, an All-Star reliever who can close games, and a 22 year old left fielder who did quite well in his first partial season in the majors for a RFer? Makes no sense for the Pirates at all. They need pitching, and dealing 2/5 of your likely July rotation isn’t a great way to get it.

4 years 9 months ago

Considering Dunn and Willingham will likely be gone, there will be holes in that lineup that Justin Upton could fill quite nicely.

But it doesn’t fit in with the “stockpile talent” modus operandi that the Nationals have employed of late.
-wtk

snapcase8p
4 years 9 months ago

Nope. Mystery team has Tigers written all over it. DD is master of the winter trade and he dealt with the D-backs last year. Plus the Tigers have the players and prospects to make it happen. Not to mention that they need a RF if they don’t resign Maggs. I could see a Galaraga/Raburn/Oliver/Wells/Sizemore/Furbush deal being to tempting for the D-backs to pass up.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

We just found out it was the Blue Jays.

Dmarkos
4 years 9 months ago

Just a feeling of your’s huh? Law said this the day this story broke.

Keith Law
Upton fits in KC
“The Royals make a lot of sense. Why not? They have a ton of minor league pitching depth, which, while fantastic to have, is always far from a sure thing because of injury risk. Acquiring Upton accelerates the rebuild, and they have nothing like him in their system, neither offensively or defensively. And they can afford the contract: He’s already signed to a reasonable deal. It’s just a nonconventional landing spot for Upton, who makes a ton of sense for a lot of clubs … including Arizona.”

Bonesaw McGraw
4 years 9 months ago

Ellsbury and Bard? lol no ty g2g

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 9 months ago

just say no to trading ells and bard!

shysox
4 years 9 months ago

The White Sox can send their whole entire farm system and that still wouldn’t be enough.

Ben_Cherington
4 years 9 months ago

Such a tough decision! He is so good, so young, and has all the potential in the world but do you really wanna sell the farm?

csg
4 years 9 months ago

his contract isnt that club friendly.

myname_989
4 years 9 months ago

Considering he doesn’t make over $10MM until 2014, I think it’s relatively friendly. By that time, with the tools this guy has, he could be a steal at $14MM a year.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

Exactly. Thats why I don’t think any team is out of it…

The Phils for example, Domonic Brown/Jarred Cosart/Justin De Fratus.

The Marlins would be a good fit.

4 years 9 months ago

From your lips to RAJ’s ears.

Dylan
4 years 9 months ago

Can’t see the Phils giving up their top two prospects….don’t think they are in the running…they will have great pieces in a couple of years, but right now they are limited at the AA/AAA level…unless Rizzoti has another monster year, he is a B prospect because of his age and defense…

Dylan
4 years 9 months ago

As a Phils fans, I think all ofnthis Upton talk really effects Werth’s contract…if mKes him the third most valued OF, and he could actually be back with the Phils…thoughts?

Dylan
4 years 9 months ago

As a Phils fans, I think all ofnthis Upton talk really effects Werth’s contract…if mKes him the third most valued OF, and he could actually be back with the Phils…thoughts?

mattevilspawn
4 years 9 months ago

Given his talent/potential, his contract is quite club-friendly. I would be more concerned with his health/durability. Make sure that shoulder is healed and he is 100% healthy before the deal happens.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

It sounds to me like this is a non trade.. They are just fishing to see if a team gets foolish and is willing to drop their pants and bend over to get a supreme talent.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

I think a trade of Snider/Drabek/Gose/Hutchinson > Bard and Ellsbury.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

umm yah thats not even close lol

Ferrariman
4 years 9 months ago

well duh…

Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

I’m ready for an argument if it presents itself, but I think Mozeliak should at least keep an eye on Justin Upton.

PookieGonzales
4 years 9 months ago

No doubt. But the redsox could probably match that with prospects of their own. Again it’s all about how much your willing to pay. I doubt the jays would even pay that much.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

According to John Lott, Drabek is untouchable and rightfully so. It looks like Snider is someone who they are going to build a package around. IM EXCITED!

mattevilspawn
4 years 9 months ago

I think an Ellsbury/Bard for J-Up deal would be plausible. I don’t see Theo and the Red Sox going beyond that player-wise, tho. If Towers wants more, I can see a third team becoming involved to provide players. I think this is a deal headed in the three-way direction anyway.

formerdraftpick
4 years 9 months ago

He would fit nicely in the middle of the Pirate lineup.

Yucavich
4 years 9 months ago

He would fit nice in ANY lineup.

jt24
4 years 9 months ago

about as nicely as a square peg in a square hole

4 years 9 months ago

Hey, now: Keep it clean.

4 years 9 months ago

yeah, but im thinking theyd ask for some tabata or alvarez…you willing to move either of those guys?

RiverKKiller999
4 years 9 months ago

The Redsox would be better off keeping Ellsburry and Bard .Ellsburry is fast and is a good lead off hitter that can steal a ton of bases.Bard is stud, I wouldn’t trade him.Take Papelbon instead :)

shysox
4 years 9 months ago

Bard isn’t a stud. Ellsbury’s stock is down.

RiverKKiller999
4 years 9 months ago

Oh, yeah, you’re right, 74.2 IP with a 1.93 ERA is just terrible and he is the worst pitcher on the Redsox.HA!!!

start_wearing_purple
4 years 9 months ago

Josh Bard no… but I’d look at Daniel Bard’s numbers again before putting my foot in my mouth.

Fangaffes
4 years 9 months ago

Besides being out with five broken ribs last year (compliments of Adrian “The Crusher” Beltre), when has Ellsbury ever been on the DL?

RiverKKiller999
4 years 9 months ago

Do you always look something wrong in a post?Seriously.

4 years 9 months ago

The point is your remarks are inaccurate, and thus people are going to tell you that. Ellsbury got hurt last year and had 5 ribs broken. Before that, people had praised him for his willingness to play hurt. He’d dive after balls and get right back up and played seemingly everyday in 08 and 09. Of course, I didn’t look at the numbers and am going off of memory so maybe he missed 30 games.

Fangaffes
4 years 9 months ago

Only when people post blatantly indefensible garbage.

Hspangler
4 years 9 months ago

As a Sox fan to give Bard and Ellsbury is a little high. Ells is a solid to above avg player in MLB. And for the numbers that upton has put up I don’t do that.

4 years 9 months ago

They’ll probably end up asking for Jose Iglesias too. Unless you’re Upton’s biggest fan there’s no good reason why you would want to give up that much talent for a player that hasn’t reached his potential yet.

bbxxj
4 years 9 months ago

Mystery team? Multi team deal? This is going to be fun to follow. Well as long as the Braves stay far away from KT and his crazy bidding war.

csg
4 years 9 months ago

agree 100%

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

If you want 4 or 5 prospects you cant ask for any top prospects IMO, that would be a gross overpayment… If you want a top prospect you cant be asking for a haul of 5 players. . Brett Cecil, Alvarez, D’arnaud, Goins and Mastroianni for Upton.. Take it and go

4 years 9 months ago

Maybe its because I am not a Bosox fan, but Bard and Ellsbury for Upton doesn’t seem like an overpay to me. It really would depend on what else they ask for. If KT wants Iglesias as well then you hang up the phone.

Blazin80
4 years 9 months ago

I agree, if its just for Bard and Ellsbury sounds like a decent deal.

4 years 9 months ago

I see the only sticking point to this deal being Bard. He is lights out, cost controlled for a few more years, and they have Paps on the trade market. Ellsbury’s game is speed. He steals bases. He can run down a fly ball. Weak arm. And let’s face it, The Red Sox game has never been built around speed.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

relievers are easier to replace then 23 year old borderline super stars who are under team control for 5 more years

woadude
4 years 9 months ago

Ells doesnt have a weak arm, you might be thinking of Damon who he replaced for having a strong arm, accurate? no he isnt going to throw out a guy trying to go to third from deep center but the ball gets to where it needs to quite quickly.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

Realistically the only reason you hang up the phone if they ask for Iglesias is because of the carousel ride the Sox SS position has been the last 7 years. . He’s not exactly budding as an A prospect at this point, but does play good defense, his bat needs to improve though

0bsessions
4 years 9 months ago

“Good defense” is an understatement. Most scouts say the guy could be an elite fielder in the MLB as is. The only part of his game that’s suspect is his bat, and with the current state of MLB short stops, elite defense and a cold bat is still a hot commodity. Iglesias is the one guy in the Sox system I would be absolutely unwilling to move.

chreeschan
4 years 9 months ago

“elite defense and a cold bat is still a hot commodity”
Yeah just ask Adam Everett how hot a commodity he is

Guest
4 years 9 months ago

LMAO.. that was funny.

BravesRed
4 years 9 months ago

Upton is coming off an injury and a down year. How can his stock be worth four top prospects?

penpaper
4 years 9 months ago

Because he’s a number one overall pick, 5 tool player and only 23.

BravesRed
4 years 9 months ago

Not even ROY HALLADAY could get that much for a team.

FriedCalamari
4 years 9 months ago

what are the 5 tools? I know that it means he’s a prototypical complete player that everybody wants but what are those?

speed, power, strong arm, glove, baseball IQ?

myname_989
4 years 9 months ago

Speed, Arm-Strength, Hitting for Average, Hitting for Power, Defense.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

They should add a 6th tool. moustache.

myname_989
4 years 9 months ago

Hahahahahahahaha Concur.

BravesRed
4 years 9 months ago

It’s mustache, but your post gets a life from me.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

no its actually moustache..lol

Edit: I’m sorry, I googled, turns out we’re both right.. apparently its different spelling in Canada..(seriously)

FriedCalamari
4 years 9 months ago

ahh was close. thanks^^

penpaper
4 years 9 months ago

Average, power, speed, arm and glove.

MaineSox
4 years 9 months ago

Since when does being a #1 pick affect value?

4 years 9 months ago

They are asking for way too much from this one guy. D’Backs can keep him.

4 years 9 months ago

That is exactly the point. The D’backs are in the driver’s seat. They have no need to trade him. The only way they will is if they will be grossly overpaid. If they can get a Mark Teixeira/Dan Haren type haul (Feliz,Salty,Andrus, etc/Carlos Gonzalez, Chris Carter, Anderson, etc) then you pull the trigger. If not, you keep your potential superstar and build around him.

Mario Saavedra
4 years 9 months ago

when you team’s bullpen is as useless as it gets and your team finished dead last, I wouldn’t exactly call Towers “in the driver’s seat”.

mowses
4 years 9 months ago

C’mon let’s be realistic here. Bard and Ellsbury wouldn’t even be close to getting it done. That’s just the starting point. It would have to be more than those two. If that trade happened Kelly will be a goner, too, maybe even Iglesias.

myname_989
4 years 9 months ago

The Red Sox acquiring Justin Upton would create the biggest domino effect of the offseason. I personally don’t think that a package around Daniel Bard and Jacoby Ellsbury is too much to pay. You’ve got to give something to get something. Even though the Sox bullpen was weak in ’10, it seems like a no-brainer for them to go out and get Upton, even if the price is Bard. JD Drew isn’t getting any younger, and Upton signed long term (with a swing that is built for Fenway) seems like the perfect fit. Here’s that domino effect I was talking about.

-Sox save money.
-Sox downgrade in bullpen; need reliever.
-Sox become potential suitors for Rafael Soriano.
-Sox are backed into a corner; must tender / keep Jonathan Paplebon.
-Sox are out of Jayson Werth market.
-Werth loses his biggest suitor.
-Price on Werth goes down in limited market.

Obviously, that’s just speculation. The Sox have the money to go out and get Werth and Upton, but do they have the money to go out and get Upton, Werth, and Soriano, while upgrading their bullpen thoroughly as Theo Epstein said he would? Not sure about that. As for the actual trade?

Boston gets: Justin Upton
Arizona gets: Daniel Bard, Jacoby Ellsbury, Felix Dubront, and Casey Kelley.

Seems more than fair.

rockfordone
4 years 9 months ago

Deal looks good – ARI must put in Parker

Mr_Anderson1017
4 years 9 months ago

“ARI must put in Parker”
Parker isn’t going anywhere…

4 years 9 months ago

No way does Theo Epstein give up his biggest chip to get Adrian Gonzalez or any other top tier talent. Justin Upton, at this point in his career, is not top tier talent. He’s shown little progress at the plate and hasn’t played more than 138 games. Bard, Ells, Doubront, and a mid-tier? Sure. Casey Kelly won’t be part of it. Theo wasn’t willing to give up Ellsbury and Lester for Johan Santana, why would be then turn around and use similar prospects for a player that isn’t on the same level (in terms of best at the position) as Santana?

nhsox
4 years 9 months ago

Why Kelley and Doubront? Seems like overkill. Bard has great value with his youth (low salary) and skill set, much like Upton. As far as bullpen pitchers’ trade values go, Bard’s stock is about as high as anyone in the league (unless I’m missing someone). Ellsbury isn’t that bad of a loss assuming the Diamondbaks see him as a useful lead-off hitter and plus defensive outfielder.

Doubront seems like he could be a useful bullpen guy immediately, or a decent number 3 starter in the NL West. He is still very young, but is left handed with a good fastball and his other pitches are developing…. So why also include your number one pitching prospect in the whole system? Perhaps the Red Sox have been over hyping the kid, but we’ll have to wait and see. It seemed like nothing would entice them to trade Lester or Buccholz when they were Boston’s top minor league arms. It doesn’t seem like this would be any different. What’s more, it doesn’t seem necessary to include Kelley to complete a reasonable deal for Upton with the other players you mentioned and perhaps a throw in prospect in Kelley’s place.

sportsnut969
4 years 9 months ago

Well we all know that Kelley from what they have said in the past when CC and Cliff were made available and other players over the last 2 years would be a deal breaker.

IMO because Upton is signed long term it most likely will take 2 young guys at the major league level and 1 top team prospect and 1 lower level fringe prospect.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

That is a fair trade, but teams will be able to jump in and offer more. Especially in terms of one player individually who could/should be better.. good post though

Fangaffes
4 years 9 months ago

Are you serious or trolling? Any two of those guys is worth Upton or more.

myname_989
4 years 9 months ago

Are you serious or trolling? Why do people think that the D’backs are going to give Upton away? Like I said above, you can replace Kelly with any name that you want, as long as he is a prospect with a very high ceiling, but it’s going to take multiple prospects from a team that is willing to overpay for Upton. Kevin Towers isn’t thinking “fair trade.” He’s thinking “steal,” and it would take something along those lines to get a deal done. Red Sox fans are too narrow minded when discussing deals.

RiverKKiller999
4 years 9 months ago

Redsox would pause when they hear the name Casey Kelley on Towers list.Other than that it seems like a good deal.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

Why though? Can someone explain me Casey Kelly please.. I mean, I get that hes a good talent and could maybe stick as SS or as a P, so thats good ya, if he was on an NL team..

but as far as I can see, he has an ERA over 5 in AA, with a mediocre 7.7k/9-3.3bb/9 and -.9hr/9.. Why is everyone crowning him the second coming of Clay Bucholz? The guy barely tops 90mph on his fast ball.. i dont know, i dont get it. and im not being a dick, I’m really hoping someone enlightens me

start_wearing_purple
4 years 9 months ago

Casey Kelly just finished his first full year as a pro ball pitcher, has an already good change up, great curve, and let’s not forget he’s 21 and in AA. In other words he has the tools to be a front end pitcher and he was put in a league where he was clearly going to be over matched. Context.

Fangaffes
4 years 9 months ago

True, his stats don’t look that impressive at AA … until you consider that he was 20 years old. Usually 20 year-olds are at low A, but he blew low and high A away when he was 19. He has unusually good command of his fastball, curve and change for his age.

Basically that’s why he’s better than his raw stats look.

pedroiaAP
4 years 9 months ago

for starters he’s a pitcher they tried him at short but it didnt work out. as for the year he had he was on of the youngest players in AA this year. And his numbers were also not that great bc of his new found velocity which was topping out at 96mph. he had trouble with command bc of it. im a sox fan and i too belieave there hyping this guy pretty hard but the talent is there and for the most part the sox evaluate talent pretty well so if they say this guy is there #1 prospect it must mean something

MaineSox
4 years 9 months ago

Call me crazy but I think Theo would balk over Bard before Kelley at this point. Who gets you to Pap if Bard is gone?

Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

I completely agree with your proposal. I always like your comments but this has to be a personal favorite…

If the Red Sox offered that…The Yankees would have to offer Joba/Montero/Gardner/Betances < Thats a lot.

The Marlins would offer Morrison/Nolasco/Hand/Ozuna
Royals would offer Butler/Simmons/Montgomery/Hardy
The Twins would offer Revere/Hicks/Gibson/Slowey

Tons of teams would have to bumb their offer up.

myname_989
4 years 9 months ago

Haha. Thanks man. ^^

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 9 months ago

Theo would be fired if he made this deal. Since when did Upton become Pujols?

pedroiaAP
4 years 9 months ago

and now the sox are in a worst spot than they were last year. they need to add more than just soriano to the pen and while upton would be great to have and does fill a hole in the OF we still need to address catcher/3B

myname_989
4 years 9 months ago

I’m not saying that they’re going to do it. I’m saying that’s what it would take to get it done. There are pros and cons to every trade.

soxfan0928
4 years 9 months ago

Upton is 23, under contract for the next 5 years, but it’s at basically $10mm per year for the next 5. Do we really want to give up Bard + Ells + 2 more for this guy? That’s a huge pricetag for one player coming off a sub-par year for his standards. Given he’s only 23, we’ll have him through his prime, he’ll probably end up hitting 30 HR, driving in 90, and stealing 25/30 a couple of those years. I don’t know. Ells + Bard seems like we’re overpaying for this guy, but Bard’s value on our team is so much higher than it is in the trade market because our bullpen without him is so weak.

4 years 9 months ago

Totally agree. When you look at what this guy is going to realistically produce in the next 5 years does that match up with what you’re giving up for him?

My guess is no but I guess some other teams may think otherwise.

Fangaffes
4 years 9 months ago

Bard and Ellsbury is too much. Adding two more top prospects just makes it silly.

It might be interesting if the Sox could send Papelbon and a sack of money in place of Bard. And maybe one or two guys who are second tier prospects. Lars? Reddick? Bowden? Navarro?

dizzle4
4 years 9 months ago

Oooh a mystery team! I love mysteries!

MB923
4 years 9 months ago

Well we know it isn’t Pittsburgh lol

rockfordone
4 years 9 months ago

Could see Tampa going for him – Garza and Wade Davis

Kaiser_Wilhelm_II
4 years 9 months ago

Cardinals – Shelby Miller and minor-league-fecal-matter.

Get it done Mo.

4 years 9 months ago

It would take WAAAY more than that. I’d try to leave Miller out of it and center the deal around Rasmus…which I’m not for because when you look at the numbers I don’t see that big of a difference between Rasmus and Upton the in the long-run.

timmytwoshoezzz
4 years 9 months ago

Outside of Miller and Cox, minor league fecal matter pretty much describes the rest of the minor league system. Think Mo’s gonna trade the entire Quad Cities franchise?

4 years 9 months ago

The lower levels of the minors are actually pretty promising now. It’s just Double and Triple A that are worthless. And by worthless I mean players that will never amount to much of anything in the majors even though they all made the minor-league playoffs last year.

4 years 9 months ago

What about the Phils as the mystery team? Doesn’t this seem like a Ruben Amaro type blockbuster? If he could unload Raul Ibanez, obviously eating some salary, it would kill two birds with one stone. He let’s Werth walk and has Victorino, Dom Brown, and Upton roaming the outfield.

myname_989
4 years 9 months ago

Unless they’re the third team in that one rumor, can’t see them getting involved. We don’t have the level of prospects (in the upper minors) to acquire him.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

lol do the phillies even have any prospects left in their farm??

myname_989
4 years 9 months ago

The Phillies have a ton of prospects, they’re just a few years away.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

I know, just kidding. They have the best lower level prospects in the league.. but I dont know if thats the type of haul towers is looking for

myname_989
4 years 9 months ago

Nah, it’s definitely not what Towers wants. Lol

Muggi
4 years 9 months ago

IMO there’s no way the Phils are involved unless Brown is in the package, sadly. It’d solve their RH bat problem, but at how much of a cost? I’d imagine Brown, Cosart, Worley, maybe Singleton as well. Too rich for my blood.

4 years 9 months ago

Yeah Dominic Brown would HAVE to be included in any deal. And Ibanez, even with eating money, has negative trade value to the D-Backs