Justin Upton Rumors: Thursday

Arizona GM Kevin Towers told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that if the Diamondbacks make a trade this summer, it will probably be a deal involving MLB players, not prospects. Justin Upton is now generating as much discussion as any player in baseball. Here’s the latest on Arizona’s 24-year-old right-fielder:

  • Three of the four teams on Upton's limited no-trade list have changed since 2010, reports MLB.com's Steve Gilbert.  In 2010, Upton's four teams were the Athletics, Indians, Royals and Tigers.
  • The Mariners are unlikely to acquire Upton since he would be a short-term addition for a team that isn't planning to contend until 2015, writes Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times.
  • Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas looks at why and how the Rangers could trade for Upton, though Durrett says he doesn't think Texas would deal top prospect Jurickson Profar, who is "about as close to untouchable as this organization has right now."
  • Rival executives say Diamondbacks officials are willing to consider offers for Upton because they are not convinced that he is a winning player, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports writes. Rosenthal predicts the Diamondbacks will trade Upton for a package of players including a young third baseman or shortstop and Major League help.
  • Some GMs are convinced the Diamondbacks will move Upton, ESPN.com's Buster Olney reports. However, there probably won't be a high volume of serious suitors for Upton, Olney writes. The Pirates, Blue Jays, Rangers, Tigers, Braves, Cubs, Mariners, Indians, Mets and Reds are possible fits for Upton, Olney writes.
  • A competing executive suggested the Blue Jays could engage a third team if they wanted Upton badly and didn’t match perfectly with the Diamondbacks, Piecoro reports. 
  • Another executive wondered why Towers will even listen on Upton, according to Piecoro. “Whenever a player like that is available, I think, ‘People who work in this game are smart. Why is he willing to trade a guy like that on a fairly reasonable contract?’” the person said.
  • Towers has had very few conversations with the Pirates, Jim Bowden of ESPN.com writes. Bowden considers five possible trade partners for Arizona should they decide to deal Upton.


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165 Comments on "Justin Upton Rumors: Thursday"


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Adam Siegel
2 years 11 months ago

I only see this happening for the Pirates if the price comes down. Otherwise he is going somewhere else.

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Lunchbox45
2 years 11 months ago

so no new rumours then.

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Ben_Cherington
2 years 11 months ago

Stop being Canadian..rumors!

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Lunchbox45
2 years 11 months ago

ha sorry, cant help it sometimes.

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

The Bucs should Send 2 2nd tier prospects, draft pick and cash to Philly for Victorino. Then
send jameson taillon and cash to Houston for Jed Lowrie.
VictorinoLFWalker 2BMcCutchen CFJones RFAlverez 3Bmcgehee
1BLowrie SSFort Barajas CThat would be a top 3 line up in MLB
Sutton/Barmas/Harrison/Presley off the bench WOW!!!

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Lunchbox45
2 years 11 months ago

stilll no where close to a top 3 line up.

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baseball52
2 years 11 months ago

Since when does Jed Lowrie return Jameson Taillon

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Kirk Weaver
2 years 11 months ago

Taillon ‘s not going anywhere

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baseball52
2 years 11 months ago

For Justin Upton, he’d go. Not for Lowrie.

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tehmc
2 years 11 months ago

 Rosterbation should be done privately behind a locked door and not on a forum such as this

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Bigj48
2 years 11 months ago

dbacks lineup too.

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

Without much thought, I can say that I would prefer the Rangers lineup, the yankees lineup, the angels lineup, and the Nationals lineup. 

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

Taillon for Lowrie? ahahahahahahah

just stop

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Kirk Weaver
2 years 11 months ago

Pirates have no need for Victorino….let Philly keep him

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baseball52
2 years 11 months ago

It’s going to be fun to see people put certain prospects off the table on a deal for Upton.

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cubs223425
2 years 11 months ago

As a Cubs fan, I’d take Baez off the table, just because the Cubs are far away from competing and shoudl probably be saving top prospects, rather than unloading them for Upton.

Now, if they want Vitters as that young 3B, all right! I just don’t tihnk that the Cubs could make a sensible trade where they got Upton and didn’t gut their farm. Tearing that down when you’re not going to compete is silly.

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baseball52
2 years 11 months ago

I don’t think the Cubs should be in on Upton. They should be gathering assets, not moving them.

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

It wouldn’t make much sense to trade for Upton. I still don’t understand why they even traded for Garza in the first place.

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DerekJeterDan
2 years 11 months ago

Justin Upton is a winning baseball player. Any team who acquires him is getting a star!

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Lunchbox45
2 years 11 months ago

they seemed to win just fine with him last year.

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DerekJeterDan
2 years 11 months ago

Exactly. The sudden mindset change is something that is completely throwing me off. If I were a General Manager and all of Upton’s health records came back fine, I would be pursuing him like no tomorrow. He has the potential to be one of the best middle of the order bats in baseball moving forward as he matures. He’s already shown signs of it with 30 + homerun seasons early in his 20’s. Upton is the type of talent you build your team around. If the Dbacks are serious about moving him, some team is going to be very very happy with the results Upton will provide.

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Neil Rubenstein
2 years 11 months ago

the dbacks don’t really want to trade Upton, it’s just another in a long list of ways they light a fire under him because thats when he plays best.

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Ausome7
2 years 11 months ago

I think what the other GM’s meant was that the D-Backs won’t win championships with Upton. He’s a great player but not what the Pirates are willing to give up for him. I can see him going to Texas or Detroit because of their elite 3rd base prospects 

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

There aren’t many guys I would “take a chance on” with giving up Olt, but I think Upton would be one. I don’t like the lack of drive in him though. That’s a huge turn-off. How can you not try your best every time you take the field is beyond me.

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James Attwood
2 years 11 months ago

This isn’t really all that big of a change in mindset. The day KT was hired as GM, every player on the team became available for the right price. The right price for Upton is a future star of the franchise that is MLB ready, at least, that is what the price is today.

KT has never been afraid to move anyone. If he can fleece a team and get more than Upton’s value, it’s his job to pull hte trigger. But he is not actively shopping Upton to anyone. He’s letting the people come to him with offers. Big difference.

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Fred Ricardo
2 years 11 months ago

He was brought up too early and never met expectations.  Not a fan favorite as he has been hyped for six years by the marketing department, which has hurt him. Dbacks have 4 starting OF players with Kubel, Parra and Young playing better than Upton.  A small market team like Phoenix can do much more with the money as he has an expanding contract to $15 Million in 2 years.

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DerekJeterDan
2 years 11 months ago

Chris Young is not playing better than Justin Upton. My goodness that is the worst statement I have ever read.

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

Iiving in arizona and watching upton especially last year that he will just break out and stay there forever, however he has been in the league for 4 years already, and they were saying the same thing about his brother and we have yet to see it from his brother, the physical aspect is there with both brothers, its not something they have done but I just don’t think the mental part for consistancy is not there, they lack patience both of them, and I just think towers sees that, I hope I am wrong and towers is wrong and he breaks out and become a monster for next 8-10 years because he seems like a good kid.

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

sorry meant to say he has been in the league for 6 not 4 years.

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Bigj48
2 years 11 months ago

this is a feeling Kevin Towers has had since day 1, he has listened to trade offers for upton since Kevin took over. The reality is the dbacks wont be able to resign justin when this deal is up,and they dont want to be held hostage like the magic are with dwight howard.

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

This isn’t basketball, nor football, so you and nick brantley should go watch the MLS or something else to confuse with baseball.