Justin Upton Claimed On Waivers

7:46pm: The Rangers are one of several clubs that placed a claim on Upton, reports MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan. Since they have the best record in the AL, Texas is dead last on the waiver priority list for an NL player.

SATURDAY, 6:48pm: The Red Sox were not the claiming team, reports Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe (on Twitter). He reiterates that Upton will not be traded.

FRIDAY: Justin Upton has been claimed on waivers by an unidentified team, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports (Twitter links). However, a Diamondbacks official said there's "no chance" of a trade this month.

Diamondbacks managing partner Ken Kendrick told reporters last month that it's a "reasonable assumption" that Upton will stay put for the remainder of the season. It's not at all uncommon for teams to determine trade interest by placing players — even stars — on the waiver wire.

Upton will earn $9.75MM in 2013, $14.25MM in 2014 and $14.5MM in 2015. His six-year, $51.25MM contract allows him to block moves to the Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs and Indians.

The Diamondbacks now have until Sunday to select one of three options. They can let Upton (and his contract) go to the claiming team, they can complete a trade with the claiming team, or they can pull him back off of waivers. Expect Arizona to pull Upton back off of waivers.

National League teams had claiming priority on Upton, whose teammate, Joe Saunders, cleared waivers today. Upton, 25, has a .273/.356/.397 batting line with nine home runs in 472 plate appearances this year.

Mike Axisa contributed to this post.


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76 Comments on "Justin Upton Claimed On Waivers"


Guest1985
3 years 8 days ago

I’ll just save you all the suspense.

It’s the Dodgers

Metsfan27
3 years 8 days ago

Lol.. It probably is

JacksTigers
3 years 8 days ago

Where would they put him?

55saveslives
3 years 8 days ago

Buckshort

sdsuphilip
3 years 8 days ago

Extremely doubtful considering just about everyteam could use him, probably didn’t get passed the top 2 teams (Astros/Cubs) in NL claims

Guest1985
3 years 8 days ago

figured everyone would catch the sarcasm…

3 years 6 days ago

past.

Hank Hill
3 years 8 days ago

Dodgers??

James Attwood
3 years 8 days ago

Well, let’s see Houston and Chicago could both use him in the worst way. I wonder if he even was on the wire for more than 10 minutes.

Odawg8
3 years 8 days ago

i like the tag of “mystery team”

Karkat
3 years 8 days ago

They’ve been really busy! Might be competitive next season.

redsox4434
3 years 6 days ago

Calling it right now: mystery team will win the world series next year.

3 years 6 days ago

We certainly believe so. This alleged addition of Justin Upton may or may not put us over the top.

55saveslives
3 years 8 days ago

DODGERS CLAIM ERRBODY!

Gator4444
3 years 8 days ago

Towers must have caught him with his daughter because 31 other GM’s wouldn’t even consider moving him.

Odawg8
3 years 8 days ago

so 29 baseball gm’s and 2 football gm’s?

You Know Who
3 years 8 days ago

^ I haven’t stopped laughing at this.

Gator4444
3 years 8 days ago

Yep. Have you seen the Jaguars offense?

MaCmAnSuX
3 years 8 days ago

I hear the Browns are looking for just about everything. Maybe J-Up could be an upgrade at QB or WR.

phillies1102
3 years 8 days ago

I voted down on Gator’s comment only because the arrow was pointing right at your comment. funny stuff.

schellis
3 years 8 days ago

Dodgers claim all players figuring they’d get at least one. Likely end up with Vernon Wells

James Attwood
3 years 8 days ago

There’s no chance he made it all the way through to the Dodgers. There are at least 5 or 6 other teams with worse recods in the NL that would have put a claim in on him.

schellis
3 years 8 days ago

Perhaps, though he’s still owed a decent chunk of change for his current production. So its not like he’s without some risk.

55saveslives
3 years 8 days ago

Why would ANY team claim V.W. when the Angels can dump that massive contract on them?

1980CHAMPS
3 years 6 days ago

Umm…the Blue Jays did.

briantalletsmoustache
3 years 8 days ago

Breaking: Baseball teams want other teams’ good players.

3 years 8 days ago

Let me guess, claim awarded to the Dodgers.

John LeClair
3 years 8 days ago

What if it’s the Red Sox? Think about it … Red Sox send Adrian Gonzalez/Josh Beckett to LA… Prospects to Arizona from LA/and Some from Boston and Justin Upton to Boston?

Karkat
3 years 8 days ago

No way Upton cleared all the NL teams.

3 years 8 days ago

Gota be the Dodgers

Dan
3 years 8 days ago

Blue Jays.

Ricky
3 years 8 days ago

It would be a HUGE mistake by the Dbacks to go along with this…as a Dbacks fan I would be HIGHLY displeased!!!

3 years 8 days ago

A slow afternoon just picked up… big time.

letsgogiants
3 years 8 days ago

A’s maybe (though that would mean him being passed by all NL teams which is unlikely). They had interest in him. Though the question would be where to put him (their outfield is full, along with Smith at the DH role).

Brian
3 years 8 days ago

I’m just imagining the Dodgers sounding like the seagulls in Finding Nemo whenever a player is put on a waivers.

55saveslives
3 years 8 days ago

MINE MINE MINE

JacobyWanKenobi
3 years 8 days ago

I wonder if they’d be willing to take on my student loans in exchange for batboy duty. :S

3 years 8 days ago

I would bet that the Jays put in a claim, but doubt that they were awarded the claim.

Bombastic_Dave
3 years 8 days ago

Still have to work out a deal, which the Jays couldn’t do earlier in the season. Only way it works is if the DBacks take what AA offers…

diehardmets
3 years 8 days ago

I find it highly unlikely he even made it past the Astros.

APNDaveR
3 years 8 days ago

And certainly not past the Cubs.

phillies1102
3 years 8 days ago

Please be the Phillies. A trade involving him and Halladay would fit both teams. I’m not positive Halladay is already on waivers, but odds are he probably cleared them, but it wasn’t public. Upton for Halladay, cash, Pierre, and something else.

The trade was just a suggestion, but they could think of something. I would be shocked to see Brown go, even though he makes a lot of sense to replace upton

belarde26
3 years 8 days ago

If Halladay would have hit waivers it would have gone public just like Cliff Lee.

phillies1102
3 years 8 days ago

Not really. I mean, who knew upton was on waivers? And also, players like Vernon Wells or Jason Bay were surely placed on waivers by day 1, but we never heard anything. With few exceptions, the only teams we know publicly that are passing players though waivers are Arizona and Boston, but there are surely more waivers out there

Guest
3 years 6 days ago

I thought I saw MLBTR have Upton on Waivers a couple days ago.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 6 days ago

Halladay wouldn’t accept a trade to Arizona. I doubt they even consider putting him on waivers. Don’t need any type of distraction, especially since there’s no chance they move him.

I’m sure Howard, Utley, Rollins, etc all went through waivers.

belarde26
3 years 8 days ago

Wouldn’t e surprised if its the Dodgers. They would probably try to keep him away from being claimed by the Giants because the Giants have more to offer.