D’Backs Will Consider Offers For Justin Upton

SATURDAY, 12:20pm: The D'Backs have let other teams know they're willing to trade Upton for the right package, reports ESPN's Buster Olney"They wouldn't be pushing it this hard in the middle of the year unless they really wanted him out of there," said one official. Olney hears that the situation reminds teams of the Rockies and Ubaldo Jimenez last summer.

FRIDAY, 7:23pm: Rosenthal tweets that the teams on Upton's limited no-trade clause are unknown. He was able to block deals to the Royals, Tigers, Athletics, and Mariners back in 2010 but the list has since changed.

6:59pm: The Diamondbacks are currently 39-43 and seven games out in the NL West, and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that they would consider trade offers from Justin Upton if they fall further out of contention. They will target a third baseman if they instead move closer to contention.

Rosenthal says GM Kevin Towers is open to any type of deal, meaning they could buy, sell, or make a veteran-for-veteran swap that helps now. Upton has been involved in trade rumors before, specifically during the 2010-2011 offseason. The 24-year-old has hit just .266/.348/.378 with seven homers this year after placing fourth in the MVP voting last season. He's under contract through 2015 for approximately $41.9MM and is the type of player that will draw interest from every other team in the league if available.


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294 Comments on "D’Backs Will Consider Offers For Justin Upton"


3 years 28 days ago

Wish Cincy had the prospects to give for him he’d look nice in LF and hitting cleanup.

TophersReds
3 years 28 days ago

We could if we want to sell the rest of the farm. Something like Billy Hamilton (SS, #1 Reds prospect), Daniel Corcino (SP, #2 Reds prospect), Todd Fraizer (3B), and Kyle Lotzkar? (SP). I’m having trouble picking a 4th, but they may be able to pry LHP Tony Cingrani (SP) over Lotzkar. Cingrani is already at AA in his 2nd year and has a sub 2 ERA at every level.

redlegjake
3 years 28 days ago

 That’s insanity. No way I trade Hamilton, Corcino, Cingrani and or Lotzar and Frazier for one guy no matter who it is. One thing I’ve noticed – the guy who gets the package almost always wins these trades, especially in the longer look at things.

TophersReds
3 years 28 days ago

Sorry I’m trying to be realistic. I’m not low balling like most proposals. 

go_jays_go
3 years 28 days ago

I wouldn’t call it insanity.

You have to remember that Upton’s contract will last till the end of the 2015 season. At that time, Upton will be at the prime age of 27. Also, the last two seasons represent free agency years; at $14.5m a year, he only needs 3 WAR per season to generate surplus value.

I think the exchange of value in the Tropher’s trade suggestion is fair.

That being said, it wouldn’t make sense for the Reds to go grab him right now since it literally bankrupt their farm. It’s like buying a nice BMW for $30,000. Good price, but should you get it? For the Reds right now, it’s a NO to Upton.

*sidenote:
I’m really disliking Votto’s contract extension. Even if the signing took place this coming off-season, I’m pretty sure Votto would have agreed to terms around 8yrs/$184m with a club option for 9yrs to push the total value to $202.5m.

Now the Reds have very little financial flexibility.

TophersReds
3 years 27 days ago

Thanks for agreeing on the proposal. 

But for the Votto thing, you are penny pinching. We’re fine with the deal in Cincy because that means another star won’t be jumping ship. He is a Red for life. We have to live with the deal that is made. If you look at his season this year he is more than starting to pay off for the lower production back years of his contract right now. 

3 years 27 days ago

 Cam Maybin, Andrew Miller Burke Badenhop Dallas Trahern Mike Rabelo and Eulogio DelaCruz disagree

3 years 28 days ago

Yeah lol I’m content with keeping them guys over Upton.

3 years 28 days ago

cubs

johnsilver
3 years 28 days ago

Great.. Now every yoo-hoo here (not quite) will be coming up with absurd proposals for the decent Upton to Boston…

It’s going to get wild now.

3 years 28 days ago

 Upton for Crawford and Beckett!! No way the Dbacks could turn down a stud leadoff hitter and an ace.

ugen64
3 years 28 days ago

horrible trade for the DBacks. Beckett’s never pitched for a team not on the East Coast. now Crawford and Lackey, there’s an offer they couldn’t refuse….

johnsilver
3 years 28 days ago

Think that “Billy” poster was having a “Billy Martin” moment and was over indulging on that stuff martin was noted to get drunk off of his goard on when they made that post.. Just ignore it in other words…

3 years 28 days ago

*whoosh*

I do believe that was….sarcasm 😉

EvilAbed
3 years 28 days ago

you just got double sarcasmed

Wes Whitenack
3 years 28 days ago

Feel bad, just a absurd as the Felix proposals.

MaineSox
3 years 28 days ago

To Boston for Lars Anderson and Anthony Ranaudo, amirite?

johnsilver
3 years 28 days ago

 :-( When u even jump in? The ship has gone down, along with survivors. LOL

MaineSox
3 years 28 days ago

Couldn’t resist.

johnsilver
3 years 28 days ago

 “Yeah, I really like Cecchini.  He may never make the majors (tons of stuff can go wron between A ball and the majors),”

Other place was getting hard to read was so small..

Cecchini reminds me of a Carney Lansford with speed from what have read and few videos have seen. Am hoping MiLB package next year will have Portland games broadcast, or at least Portland will have a schedule like Pawtucket does so getting it will be worth the cost.

Am looking forward to seeing Cecchini, Barnes, bogaerts etc.. on a near daily basis.

MaineSox
3 years 28 days ago

Yeah.  It’s over an hour to drive there for me, but if all those guys are in Portland next year (and I think they should be), I’ll be making that trip a lot.

3 years 27 days ago

How about Cecchini for Cecchini

johnsilver
3 years 27 days ago

 It’s going to get confusing in a couple of years everywhere and here when people start wondering how Gavin got to Boston and Garin got to NY. LOLOL

notsureifsrs
3 years 28 days ago

i hear boston suddenly has 3 top 50 prospects…..

srsly though can’t think of a way this could happen without bogaerts and that would really sting

but having justin upton’s right-handed bat in the lineup and defense in right field would be strong medicine

johnsilver
3 years 28 days ago

 Would cost literally “the farm” and think they could sign Ross, who of course isn’t the dynamic player as Upton for a fraction of what Upton’s salary is and not have to give up anyone either. Couple year deal at 2 10-14m would fill the RF hole pretty decent and save the system.

MaineSox
3 years 28 days ago

Yeah but, but, but Justin Upton!

notsureifsrs
3 years 28 days ago

ross is a fraction of the player. a small fraction. upton is the player your very best prospect has a 10% chance of becoming. and he’s still only 24

it also wouldn’t cost the entire farm anymore. prior to last year, sure. even at the beginning of this year. but now, with only 3 years left on his contract and in the middle of a down season, he will only cost, like, 3/4 the farm

plus if we buy today they’ll include a free magic bullet blender

johnsilver
3 years 28 days ago

” ross is a fraction of the player. a small fraction. upton is the player your very best prospect has a 10% chance of becoming.”

Oh, I very well understand that. he is (talent wise) what Ells was in 2011, but is he worth 1 of the ‘big 3″ and a couple for more the other “A types” it would certainly cost? if that is the case, why not just dial up Boras and tell him they will give Ells 7/140m like they didd CC and forget all about Upton? then they can wait another year for bradley to prove even more what a stud he is and include him in a deal for a top SP?

MaineSox
3 years 28 days ago

Yep, Bogaerts is the one guy that would make me pause.  Barnes or Bradley I could live with though.

I say try to make a deal centered around Middlebrooks.  They need a 3B pretty bad, and he can help them immediately (most of their pitching will be up soon, and they might prefer someone else who is ready/close to ready instead of someone like Bogaerts who is still 2+ years away).  If Upton is in RF I’d be more than fine handing 3B to Aviles and sticking Iglesias at SS.

notsureifsrs
3 years 28 days ago

interesting. middlebrooks and lavarnway is a solid start

thanks daniel bard for killing your trade value

MaineSox
3 years 28 days ago

Seriously, his trade value being down right now is even worse than the fact that he has completely fallen apart and put Boston down 1 very good pitcher.

I’m not sure about Lavarnway now that they have Montero locked up though.  I mean, talent is talent, and one or the other could always be moved in a separate trade, but they’d probably be looking for something that was a better fit for their team.  I’m not exactly sure who that “better fit” would be though; an outfielder maybe since Upton would be leaving a hole out there?  If only Kalish were currently showing the promise he had before the injury – Brentz may not have quite the value Lavarnway does but maybe he’s a better fit?

notsureifsrs
3 years 28 days ago

forgot they extended montero

guess it’s middlebrooks, bradley, and some B prospects

just to be clear, though, there is no chance boston would do that. right or wrong, they committed to middlebrooks at third

MaineSox
3 years 28 days ago

Yeah, I know.  I can dream though (actually I think they should do it).

notsureifsrs
3 years 28 days ago

absolutely. try to get a C+ish prospect out of someone for ross, let iglesias be a designated fielder, and enjoy

ellsbury
pedroia
gonzalez
ortiz
upton
crawford

MaineSox
3 years 28 days ago

Exactly.  And I know Boston apparently disagrees with me, and scouts mostly disagree with me at this point, but I’m still a little skeptical of Middlebrooks.  I don’t doubt that he’ll be an above average hitter overall, and he’s always been heralded as a plus fielder, but I’m still not convinced that he wont strike out too much to carry a respectable average/OBP, and I don’t know that he’ll hit for enough power to make up for it in order to be anything more than a solid average regular at 3B.

If he proves me wrong (and I hope he does) he could very well be a pretty regular All-Star, and with the way he has started I think he has value like someone who can be that, so I’d be all for trading him while he has that value rather than hanging on to him and hoping he really is that.  Especially if the return is Upton…

johnsilver
3 years 28 days ago

 Another reason to hang onto Cecchini.. Fallback for Middlebrooks, though he is at least 2 seasons away and we still don’t know if Bogaerts is going to end up at either 3b, or a corner OF by the time it’s all said and done.

MaineSox
3 years 28 days ago

Yeah, I really like Cecchini.  He may never make the majors (tons of stuff can go wron between A ball and the majors), but I like his potential a lot.

More doubles power than home run power, but high average, high OBP, decent defense, and can steal bases.

MaineSox
3 years 28 days ago

Or, you know what, maybe Middlebrooks, Bradley, and a couple mid-level guys.

notsureifsrs
3 years 27 days ago

admittedly irrational when it comes to justin upton, but i would gladly skip the playoffs this year if it meant acquiring him

MaineSox
3 years 27 days ago

Completely agree.

It doesn’t hurt that this is looking less and less like a playoff caliber team by the day anyway, but I would agree even if that weren’t the case.

3 years 28 days ago

I don’t see them trading him. He’s their star player, and he’s in a down year, so they wouldn’t get as much for him as they would if he was playing well.

3 years 28 days ago

Seriously, I hate being a Dbacks fan for this very reason.  Every time we fall a little out of contention the FO goes into “Blow It Up” mode.  Imagine if the Dodgers gave away Kemp after his poor 2010….

wrestlingcritic
3 years 27 days ago

Its less about his poor season and more about his discontent with the ownership and the fans in my opinion

Greatone1210
3 years 28 days ago

Upton to Pittsburgh for Tabata, Locke, Hanrahan, and Polanco

TophersReds
3 years 28 days ago

Not enough.

3 years 28 days ago

not even close. Cole, marte, and more.

Greatone1210
3 years 28 days ago

Upton isn’t worth Cole. Would do great in Pittsburgh but not worth giving up a top pitching prospect except maybe Taillon.

3 years 28 days ago

24 year old thats underperforming, and if he can pull it together hell be worth it, hes controllable at a solid price. more of a sure thing.

Mark Ludwig
3 years 27 days ago

First of all, you’re way undervaluing Taillon if you want to put him in a category where he’s somehow the only top pitching prospect that would be worth giving up for Upton. Cole is the more valuable of the two but Javier’s proposal probably isnt that far off. If the D-Backs are really motivated sellers, you might be able to get him a little cheaper but you’re still probably talking about Taillon, Grossman, & Locke…probably a bit more, too.

3 years 27 days ago

they would want Tallion and Cole in that deal which Im sure  with the way Pittsburg is now they would love too keep those prospects and have a godly rotation in 3 years.Tallion has Verlander potential

3 years 28 days ago

Upton for Upton :)

Wes Whitenack
3 years 28 days ago

Kate Upton, right? I’d accept that deal. 😉

Pete90
3 years 28 days ago

Yes. From behalf of all Dbacks fans.

go_jays_go
3 years 28 days ago

 Any day of the year.

shockey12
3 years 28 days ago

Well the d-backs DID really want d’Arnaud…

Joey E
3 years 28 days ago

before they locked up Montero

3 years 28 days ago

And d’Arnaud tore his knee and will be out the next 6 weeks too, let’s not forget that!

Plus they drafted Stryker Trahan as their #1 draft pick, catching seems to be off their priority list right now.

Lunchbox45
3 years 28 days ago

we’ll send JP Arencibia in a D’arnaud jersey

notsureifsrs
3 years 28 days ago

you will send d’arnaud and you will like it

LongoforLife
LongoforLife
3 years 28 days ago

Upton to detroit for Castellanos, Fields, Garcia, and Crosby

wrestlingcritic
3 years 28 days ago

Id do it. He’s having a down offensive year, but he’s still hitting 30 points higher than either of the Tigers’ corner OF. He’s a HUGE upgrade over young. Faster. Better defensively. More of a presence in the lineup. I hope DD at least calls on him. 

$17049574
3 years 28 days ago

Probably add one of the catchers (Brantly?) and add a reliever going to Detroit.

LongoforLife
LongoforLife
3 years 28 days ago

Dbacks dont really need a catcher after extending montero

wrestlingcritic
3 years 28 days ago

I agree, they probably would want a pitching prospect rather than a catcher because they signed montero for what? 6 years or something like that?

notsureifsrs
3 years 28 days ago

the dbacks are pitching-ritch; they’ll want position players

Ferrariman
3 years 28 days ago

never have too much pitching.  If they could get a B+ pitching prospect or a B/B- hitter, it would be stupid not to go with the pitcher.

wrestlingcritic
3 years 27 days ago

For God sakes DD, make this deal happen!

EightMileCats
3 years 28 days ago

Might be able to pull it off with Castellanos, Turner, Crosby, Rondon, Fields/Garcia

But is he worth gutting the system(in as sad a shape as its in). Then his contract is up close to when JV and Cabrera’s are… And I already doubt we keep both JV and Miggy

Hoosierdaddy92
3 years 27 days ago

At this point, the Tigers ought to take the risk. White Sox aren’t going anywhere with Youkilis resurging, Chris Sale emerging as a Cy Young candidate, and all of (Peavy, Dunn, Rios, Beckham) seemingly returning to form. However, the White Sox have an even worse farm system, so you know they are going for it all this season as well. Keep in mind that this is all coming from a Detroit fan that lives in Chicago. Similarly, it won’t be long before Kansas City is a force in the division. Might come as early as next season when Hosmer figures it out and Wil Myers is called up. The Indians have the necessary pieces to continue to be a pest also. The Twins may be down now, but they are a smart organization and will figure it out, even if it takes them the next 2-3 seasons to do so.

Upton would be the absolute catalyst the Tigers need for the
2-hole that could both hit for power to drive in speedsters like Austin Jackson and Quintin Berry/Andy Dirks (batting ninth in this scenario) that can get on base 37-40% of the time, or be driven in by Miguel Cabrera or Prince Fielder, who similarly can reach base 40% of the time. Upton would not be intentionally walked like he is in Arizona and see tons of pitches to hit hitting in front of Cabrera and Fielder.

Even if Verlander, MCab, and Upton all leave for free agency around the same time, they could still be able to rebuild the farm system from the draft picks that they acquire. They would also have a lower payroll for the lesser performance that would predictably follow if they lost some or all of these players and had no farm system to fill the vacancies. But hypothetically, if they win a championship with JV, Upton, and MCab, besides if they get better contract offers, why wouldn’t these players want to return to Detroit and do it again? All three would still be young enough to do it.

wrestlingcritic
3 years 27 days ago

The AL Central has basically been a contradiction this year. Everything, literally everything is going right for the ChiSox this year while the Tigers are the exact opposite

wrestlingcritic
3 years 27 days ago

I totally agree with your entire statement. No one throws down $214 million on 1 player without being perfectly willing to detonate the entire farm system if it gave his team a better shot at a title. This trade would.

Red_Line_9
3 years 27 days ago

Almost everything went wrong for the White Sox last season.

wrestlingcritic
3 years 27 days ago

That’s karma for you. Totslly suck one year and get every single break possible the next.

Red_Line_9
3 years 27 days ago

The wheels could come off the Sox at anytime, though.  Relying on Peavy and Sale to put up strong second halves due to injury history and youth is asking alot.  The offense is solid though, and adding Youkilis was smooth.

Really….I see a lot of teams out there that have question marks.  Everyone’s pitching seems to be hanging by a thread…even contenders…seems like no one has a solid rotation. Teams seem to be cobbling together a 1-2 starter and then running an 8 man rotation of MLB starters and AAA guys behind them.

BillB325
3 years 27 days ago

Upton isn’t worth that much, you probably could get it done with Turner, Castellanos and a B level guy in the low minors.

3 years 28 days ago

worth giving up castellanos and turner for sure, I think.

3 years 28 days ago

mmore like turner and castellanos, and more.

LongoforLife
LongoforLife
3 years 28 days ago

Dbacks have no use for Turner though. They already have Skaggs, Bradley, and Bauer in the minors and you add that to Kennedy, Hudson, Miley, etc. They’d be better off passing on turner and adding more to the deal

wrestlingcritic
3 years 27 days ago

garcia and…boesch?

Mike C.
3 years 27 days ago

As we saw with the Pineda/Montero trade this past off season, top starting pitching prospects can be spun for top hitting prospects… So getting Turner who is a valuable asset still makes sense.  

Devon Henry
3 years 27 days ago

Angels have no use for Bryce Harper yet im sure we would still want him. Talent is Talent no matter if you need it or not.

ChadSmooth
3 years 28 days ago

Torri Hunter and Vernon wells + mad cash… and ill throw in izzy and a lower prospect….

I can dream right?

3 years 28 days ago

If I can dream of him replacing Stubbs then yeah you can dream too!

Mike C.
3 years 27 days ago

Stubbs is lost!

Edgar4evar
3 years 28 days ago

Based on the history of the Haren trade this is not out of the question.

Ferrariman
3 years 28 days ago

They got Tyler Skaggs out of the Haren deal, a top 10-20 prospect currently and other guys.

Devon Henry
3 years 27 days ago

Haren trade is a perfect example of an excellent deal for both sides. What was wrong with it?

3 years 27 days ago

you can dream just like I can of the Mets ever winning the Ws again

tomymogo
3 years 28 days ago

Braves aren’t really an option or maybe as an alternative option for CF. Take advantage that his value is down

DerekJeterDan
3 years 28 days ago

Brace yourselves. Ridiculous fan made trade proposals are forthcoming.

EightMileCats
3 years 28 days ago

Ryan Raburn, Inge’s old jersey, a Little Ceasars franchise, and Andy Oliver (see, a prospect)
Lol

cookmeister
3 years 28 days ago

Angels have a lot of outfielders but I’ll throw out my nonsense proposal anyways. 

Cron + Segura + Richards + another prospect

Lunchbox45
3 years 28 days ago

and then play him at 3B? good plan!

cookmeister
3 years 28 days ago

 it can happen!  I’m going under the assumption that Trumbo will play LF and Trout will be in CF for years to come, Bourjos will be traded and Wells will be released or traded somehow.  And Hunter is done after the season.  Just a dream!

Joey E
3 years 28 days ago

Bucs should try. they need a bat

go_jays_go
3 years 28 days ago

The only two teams where this trade would make sense are the Buc and Jays. It comes down to what prospects they will need to give away… … …

3 years 28 days ago

Upton for Ellsbury, Ceechini, and Raunado?

fitz
3 years 28 days ago

Ellsbury has no trade value to a team out of contention.

3 years 28 days ago

Towers said he would be open to any kind of deal, so Ellsbury still has some serious value.

fitz
3 years 28 days ago

Please tell me what kind of value an oft injured player represented by Scott Boras and is about to hit free agency has.