Rangers Interested In Justin Upton

The Diamondbacks don’t seem particularly high on Justin Upton, based the most recent rumors surrounding Arizona's 24-year-old right fielder. Some GMs are convinced Upton will be traded and rival executives say the Diamondbacks aren't sure he's a winning player. Here are the latest rumors regarding Upton, with the most recent updates up top:

  • The Rangers have some interest in Upton, MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports (on Twitter). However, it’s doubtful Texas would trade Mike Olt or Jurickson Profar for Upton and the club definitely wouldn’t part with both top prospects in a trade.


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118 Comments on "Rangers Interested In Justin Upton"


Member
itsmewade
2 years 11 months ago

Would trading for Upton stop them from signing Hamilton?

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

I would assume if the Rangers were to swing a deal for Upton, then that could mean they’ll let Hamilton walk. It could also be used spur Hamilton into signing a deal with Texas. However, I could see the Rangers having an OF of Hamilton, Upton, and Cruz. That would be a killer OF!

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

It would probably prompt them to trade Cruz in the Winter more than it would effect Hamilton negotiations.

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

so why is this even mentioned? if they wont part with both of their prospects then the DBacks wont send upton to Texas.

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

Why would a team include the #1 position playing prospect for a guy with motivational issues?

Member
James Attwood
2 years 11 months ago

Because the guy with “motivational issues” (which he may not actually have) is a proven, MVP-calibur candidate that is cost controlled and hungry, and also a possible star in the league while Profar, for all ihs accomplishments, and his 99% sure-fire success, is still just a prospect. He still COULD be a bust. And furthermore, he is currently blocked, and could be for some time. If there is no hole for him to fill in the very near future, he actually loses value by staying too long in AAA.

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

Whenever Profar is ready: Profar to SS, Andrus to 2B, Kinsler to OF. That’s been the stated plan for a while. A guy like Profar is never blocked.

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Lunchbox45
2 years 11 months ago

can you please site all your sources for upton having motivational issues.

I’ll wait

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

I’ll wait = He must still be gathering information.

Pretty Funny…. 

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

It’s supposedly the reason the Diamondbacks are even putting him on the table. I didn’t make this up, It’s what D-Backs fans have been saying and the reason management is unhappy with him. I thought that was pretty clear. I hope I didn’t keep you waiting too long.

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Lunchbox45
2 years 11 months ago

 supposedly
what d-back fans have been saying

thats your proof?

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

I’ve read blogs by people that write for/about the Diamondbacks.
Why does Arizona’s management want to get rid of a guy that’s 24, their former #1 pick, has been an MVP candidate the previous 2 years, and has 3 more years of reasonable team control?

Google it, that’s my proof.

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Lunchbox45
2 years 11 months ago

 thats not “proof” thats an opinion based nothing really at all.

Member
warningtrackpower
2 years 11 months ago

I’m a D backs fan and I know my opinion is just that. The kid is a 5 tool player for sure no question, but he is a terrible right fielder and he DOES lack in the motivational department……over throwing cut off men, dropping fly balls, dogging it on the base path, zero plate discipline….etc etc. I love the kid through all that and yet I’m torn with dealing him because I still believe he can be a superstar. Can he do it everyday is the problem?

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James Attwood
2 years 11 months ago

The Dbacks won’t be needing both to make a deal happen. I suspect that negotiations probably STARTED at Profar and Olt for Upton (and maybe a prospect). Obviously, this would be KT shooting for the moon. But the worst that can happen for the Dbacks is that the Rangers say, “No.”

Moving outside of that scenario though, the teams can certainly work a deal with Upton going to Texas for wither of those players and other pieces. It depends on whether or not it is Profar or Olt as to what those other pieces are and whether or not it is just Upton or if it is Upton and prospects.

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

more then likely yes it would stop them from signing hamilton. upton is due 9 million next year, and 14 million in each of his last two years.

Member
meanguygary
2 years 11 months ago

The Rangers have a great system but if you’re not willing to consider one of Olt or Profar – than I don’t see how there’s a deal to be had. 

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

Hamilton will not be back with the rangers with or without Upton.

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

If they are going to make a move for a outfeilder, he will have to play center.

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

Leonys Martin is a CFer. And I think you’re wrong.

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

And your point is????  Yes, Martin plays CF.  So what???  He has shown nothing in two small stints with the big league club.  True, Martin might be the CF of the future, but I do not think Martin is in the plans this year, given his age/expereince and playoff possiblitites.  Considering that the Rangers can add a vet who can play CF, provide insurance for Hamilton, be a bat off the bench, and allow Martin everyday AB’s in AAA.  There is simply no need to rush him (or any prospects).  

Not saying that it will be Cody Ross, Scott Podsednik, or Jaun Pierre….  But whoever the Rangers add will be closer those caliber of players than Justin Upton or Leonys Martin for that matter….

Hamiltons next contract – No way the Rangers give him a MEGA contract.  And that is exactly what he is asking for.  He has mentioned it publicly to the media by saying he is not giving the Rangers a discount.  So he will take his money and go “Save The World” elsewhere in 2013.  Then we might see Martin in CF. 

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

I don’t get the rant. This years OF would be Upton, Cruz, and Hamilton.
Next years would be, if Hamilton leaves, Upton, Cruz, and Martin.
We don’t need to trade for a CF. Hamilton is it this year, and Martin is ours next year.

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

You said that i am wrong.  What am I wrong about?  Martin is not going to be playing CF, not this year.

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

You said we need a CF if we were to trade for any OF spot. We don’t because Hamilton is in CF this year, and Leonys in there next year…regardless of Hamilton’s decision.

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

Do you not realize we have 8 players who can play the corner OF spots.  We have three that are listed as centerfeilders, but that doesnt mean they can play CF on a daily basis. 
1 (Hamilton) is the biggiest injury risk since Brandon McCarty and Ben Sheets. 
2 (Gentry) hasnt shown he can hit LHP. 
3 (Martin) has shown in two small stints that he is not yet MLB ready. 
*** And please dont tell me Murphy or Cruz can play CF.

We need a CF.

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

Martin needs more opportunities. He will be good. I’m not a Gentry fan, or a Murphy fan…especially not in CF. I don’t know why that was even brought up lol.
Hamilton is our CFer. Injury risk is irrelevant.

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

Irrelevant?  I dont know another everyday player with a bigger injury risk.  A vet CF who could fill in if needed, be a bat off the bench, and allow  Martin to stay at AAA is a huge need for this club. Not the most attractive move.  But maybe the most need for this team.

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

Eitherway – I am out.  Been nice discussing it.