Justin Upton Rumors: Sunday

Yesterday, Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers told reporters that he spoke with Justin Upton about the trade rumors surrounding him and said that he would let him know if a deal is near.  Could a trade for the outfielder be around the corner?  Here's today's news on Upton with the latest up top..

  • There's "nothing serious" with Upton, tweets Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Heyman also hears the Pirates are "probably not a fit" because they will not include Cole or Taillon.
  • The Yankees are scouting the Diamondbacks and Cubs this weekend, tweets Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.
  • The Pirates‬ have a scout watching Upton in Chicago this weekend, tweets Morosi.
  • The Pirates are serious about Upton and are sending signals they could include Starling Marte in an Upton deal, but not Gerrit Cole or Jameson Taillon, tweets Jayson Stark of ESPN.com.
  • The Athletics were on Upton's no-trade list at one point but are no longer one of those four teams, writes Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  The Yankees are now on his list but the other three clubs are not yet known.  Oakland may not be a perfect fit for Upton but Rosenthal expects GM Billy Beane to inquire on him.


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71 Comments on "Justin Upton Rumors: Sunday"


Guest
2 years 11 months ago

“Hey, we want your awesome 24 year old MVP-caliber player, but we refuse to give up either of our two best prospects.”- A crazy person

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Devern Hansack
2 years 11 months ago

Not crazy, just trying to negotiate the price down.

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Wilsonl
2 years 11 months ago

 Not crazy if you wanna get hung up on.

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

“Hey, we’re trying to trade our 24 year old MVP- caliber player, but nothings wrong with him. We promise!”- a liar.

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

Not is wrong with him. 

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FelixFan
2 years 11 months ago

If the Pirates hope to get Upton in a package led by Marte, I hope the M’s make an effort to get Upton in a package led by Nick Franklin (16th overall in Sickels’ midseason list).

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2 years 11 months ago

I like your profile pic lol. That commercial was awesome.

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2 years 11 months ago

I don’t understand how the Pirates are considering moving Marte as if their LF situation is all set.  Tabata’s a headcase; Presley’s a tin-man; Hernandez has no bat; Sutton has no place in the OF; nobody else at AAA is ready.  AA outfield is weak too.  Upton would basically be a stop-gap for Josh Bell, supposing Bell has zero setbacks in his development when he finally comes off of the Low-A DL.  I’d rather see Marte in LF, batting lead-off; with a Jones/Sutton RF platoon than Upton batting clean-up for the Bucs.

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Smrtbusnisman04
2 years 11 months ago

1) Tabata gets traded for another headcase/ non-upside prospect.
2) Jones platoons with McGhee at 1B
3) Alex Presley is backup outfielder or starting LF
4) Gorkys Hernandez gets sent down.
5) Josh Bell is the Pirates’ LF in 2015

What more do you need?

I hope Alen Hansen, Luis Heredia, and Clay Holmes are also on that no-trade list. The Pirates have a plethora of starting pitching at the AAA level.

Sutton assumes his old role as a utility infielder.

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paulinpittsburgh
2 years 11 months ago

 How about move the Jones/McGehee platoon to right field and make a slightly less ambitious trade than is being discussed and get LaHair from the Cubs to play first?

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walnutfalcons
2 years 11 months ago

When Upton was Bell’s age, he was putting up better numbers in the majors than Bell has in the south atlantic league. 

It’s perfectly fine to believe in the upside of Bell.  But to think that ANYONE would just be a “stop gap” for him, as if he were anywhere near the majors, is naive.  He’s about to turn 20 and has 15 pro games under his belt.  He’s essentially lost this entire year to injury, and even when he was healthy he was striking out like Adam Dunn and walking like Starlin Castro.

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2 years 11 months ago

 I meant as a financial stop-gap – the Bucs wouldn’t stand a chance of keeping Upton once he hit FA.  I suppose my point is mostly that for Pittsburgh especially, having more years of offense under more long-term control make more sense to me (Marte).  The Pirates need a middle of the order RF’er to push the Jones/McGehee platoon, but I think a guy like Torii Hunter or Carlos Quentin fit the bill better.

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Kirk Weaver
2 years 11 months ago

I totally agree with your McGehee and Jones observation and I’d take it one step farther and play Jones everyday and use CM as a utility IF or trade him. As for Upton 3 1/2 years of control is a win win for us

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

 Just had a thought that maybe despite his early struggles, maybe the Bucs FO is really high on Robbie Grossman.  A Marte trade would surely get him a promotion to AAA.  I suppose he profiles well as a lead-off guy in 2014?

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walnutfalcons
2 years 11 months ago

 Ah, gotcha.  That makes sense. 

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disqus_LDSpfXdZZR
2 years 11 months ago

Marte shouldn’t be going anywhere. He could very well end up being an Upton type player, minus the whiny, combative attitude. I wouldn’t trade him or any other players for Upton. That dude is a bad omen. Pass.

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paulinpittsburgh
2 years 11 months ago

The talk of Upton reminds me of all the heated chatter about Hunter Pence last year.  Two guys playing in hitter friendly parks who while certainly aren’t bad ball players but no where near matching the hype surrounding them.

The Pirates need to look at the home/road splits of every right handed Pirate hitter present and past not named Andrew McCutchen and understand what PNC Park does to guys who lack the power to consistently clear the left center field wall and avoid acquiring more of them.

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paulinpittsburgh
2 years 11 months ago

Personally, I’d rather see Sutton at SS and Barmes at home fishing the rest of the season.

Sutton would definitely out hit Barmes by a ton and seriously doubt his defense could be any worse at this point.

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2 years 11 months ago

 Barmes has no place on a contender’s roster – I don’t care how good his glove is.  As iffy as the Bucs’ offense is, they can’t afford to give up two outs (including the pitcher) every time through the line-up.  At least Jack Wilson could hit .240 and lay down a bunt here and there.  Josh Harrison hasn’t looked bad at SS (outside of that relay throw into the bleachers).  If Sutton can’t handle SS, Harrison should be starting there w/ Sutton available off the bench. 

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Snoochies8
2 years 11 months ago

As much as Upton is awesome and his stock is down this year, I’d rather Billy stick to the whole “rebuilding” thing which has oddly been working this year and not mortgage our future that’s under control for 5+ years.

Plus outfield is now a position of depth, I’d rather them go for a position of weakness.

If that means not getting Upton, so be it.

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

pretty sure that Upton could count as part of a rebuild. 

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johnsilver
2 years 11 months ago

 Nothing wrong with what Oakland currently has in Reddick and cespedes and they can’t really move Crisp. Reddick, under control VERY reasonable for 4 more seasons. Why give up anything for Upton?

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melonis_rex
2 years 11 months ago

 because if we’re talking true talent, upton is a far better player going forward than anyone the A’s have in the OF.

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johnsilver
2 years 11 months ago

 You get no arguments out of me there :-)

I really don’t see a problem with the A’s OF tho when they have needs at so many other places. Upton they won’t be able to afford in another couple years anyway, right? Why mortgage the future for a position where they actually are good at when they have so many holes at others?

That does not fit beane’s mold at all.

Reddick and Cespede’s are (to me) the 2 guys most feared on the team. Why not try and find a few lower cost people out there if Beane wants some help.

Upton is going to hammer the A’s system, cost more to acquire than what they got in return for Gio.

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2 years 11 months ago

I don’t understand why the D-back would trade him unless there is a big over pay for him.  There is no fit with Oakland unless its a 3 way deal. 

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JacobyWanKenobi
2 years 11 months ago

 There has to be something they know that nobody else does.

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ZAK
2 years 11 months ago

Come on, even from the other side of the bay fans Upton over Seth Smith is such a no brainer, that turns he A’s from a wannabe to a legit contender. Toss in Choice and you’ve got the start of a package that could get him. A’s already fleeced the Dbacks once with the Parker + Cook, no reason to stop now.

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melonis_rex
2 years 11 months ago

i won’t lie, i’m totally conflicted about the A’s and Upton.

First and foremost, Upton is awesome. Upton on the A’s is more awesome.

but i agree with you, 3B and SS are much, much bigger needs where the A’s don’t really have an answer at all (and 1B if/when the platoon regresses).

edit: also, prospectwise, the a’s and dbacks don’t match up at all.

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Snoochies8
2 years 11 months ago

The best chips the A’s could send the Dbacks in terms of need are Pennington, Green, Parker (of the Stephen variety) and Hicks. Not quite enough to get him….

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Battlebacks
2 years 11 months ago

Why would we even trade Upton for another OF? We need an upgrade at 3B. That position must be the centerpiece of the trade or Upton is wasted. We already have Kubel/Young/Parra and Pollock, Eaton waiting under them.

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Kirk Weaver
2 years 11 months ago

Instead of Marte we’ll throw in Casey McGehee

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Wilsonl
2 years 11 months ago

 Well you guys do have Matt Davidson and Bobby Borchering down in your system.

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Battlebacks
2 years 11 months ago

I agree with you. From what I’ve read though Towers is trying to trade Upton for Major League caliber players who can help right now. If they can’t get that, they should just hold on to him. 

One of the best trades might simply be: not to trade him at all. 😉

I think if they do trade him for Marte, it will be because we fall out of the playoff picture…. and getting swept by the Cubbies just now doesn’t help.  😉