D’Backs In “Active Discussions” About Justin Upton

It's that time of the year again. The Diamondbacks are engaged in "active discussions" about a trade involving Justin Upton, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Multiple teams are looking into his background, makeup, etc. (Twitter link), and one executive put the outfielder's chances of playing elsewhere next season at 80-20.

Upton, 25, hit .280/.355/.430 with 17 homers this season while battling hand issues. He hit .289/.369/.529 with 31 homers just a year ago, earning him a fourth place finish in the MVP voting. Upton is signed through 2015 for a total of $38.5MM. Rosenthal says his limited no-trade clause included the Yankees, Red Sox, Indians, and Cubs this year, though the list has since changed.

The Diamondbacks seems to be involved in trade discussions involving Upon every offseason and every trade deadline, though the most serious talks occurred back in 2010. Arizona has already traded Chris Young and still has plenty of outfield depth with Gerardo Parra, Adam Eaton, and Jason Kubel.


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114 Comments on "D’Backs In “Active Discussions” About Justin Upton"


tim2nyy
2 years 9 months ago

Yankees

(had to say it)

Bob Bunker
2 years 9 months ago

who are they going to give up tho? do they have a young 3B,SP, orSS propsects that are almost ready for the bigs? Im not that familiar with their farm system but I dont think it has the pieces the D-Backs are looking for.

MLB_in_the_Know
2 years 9 months ago

I can’t wait until he is just traded.

2 years 9 months ago

Would be a nice cornerstone for the Cubbies

James Attwood
2 years 9 months ago

Cubs are quite likely still on his “no trade” list. Also, given that the Cubs are rebuilding, it would be a tough deal for them to make. What they need now is young, controllable talent – exactly what a player like Upton would cost them. Start with Starling Castro and work from there. Cubs would be bettr off developing the talent or waiting another year to trade after they have filled in some of their other holes first.

gr8testsoxfan
2 years 9 months ago

No way, maybe a package of Marmol,B. Jackson,Vitters, or Barney any of those 2 or 3 should get it done, the guys coming off a down year and I think he’s got a hefty contract

Joe McMahon
2 years 9 months ago

The Cubs would need to offer players of a MUCH, MUCH higher quality than those guys. Probably not Castro, but he’s the only guy that should be off-limits. I’d say at least 2 or 3 of their top prospects would have to go. The D’backs would laugh off an offer centered around any of the guys you listed.

James Attwood
2 years 9 months ago

The problem with lining up with the Cubs is that the Dbacks real needs happen to match up with the Cubs core for the future. The Cubs have some talent to make a deal happen. But with Castro untouchable (at least I would suspect he is) the teams have far less common ground with which to work.
Then there is still the matter of Upton not wanting to go to the Cubs that would need to be addressed.

James Attwood
2 years 9 months ago

He’s got a farilly average contract, and will be getting paid less that “qualifying offer”. Castro would be choice one. Barney would be choice two. Dbacks have no use for Marmol. Vitters would likely be the other player. But Barney and Vitters alone, despite being a decent haul, would not likely induce KT to pull the trigger.

Vivid_Reality
2 years 9 months ago

Castro isn’t going anywhere especially not for an outfielder. We have plenty of depth throughout the minors in OF. If a Upton trade were to occur I could see a package of Baez, Vitters, Barney, and a lesser pitching prospect such as Struck enticing KT.

2 years 9 months ago

Cubs Cubs Cubs

James Attwood
2 years 9 months ago

I’d be surprised if Upton is actually traded. KT and Co. have made it clear a number of times that they will “listen” to offers on anyone, including Upton. But they have also made it quite clear that there arre no bargains to be had in the Upton sweepstakes. A team will have to part with a boat-load of talent in orderto pry Upton awway from the Diamondbacks, and with all the speculation about “is there something wrong with him”, it seems unlikely that there are many teams willing to do so.
Texas seemed the most likely trade partner, and maybe they still are. But if THAT trade is going to happen, it will need to happen soon, as both teams will then have some serious work to do to finish out the FA period – especially AZ.

2 years 9 months ago

Jays for Arencibia, Yunel + one of Lansing 3 (probably Nicolino or Sanchez)

$5427573
2 years 9 months ago

That’s a massive overpay. JP’s numbers I’m pretty sure are comparable to his, and at a more valuable position. Yunel and D’Arnaud I wouldn’t mind though

Guest
2 years 9 months ago

I believe it is an overpay as well, but I figure other players could be involved. The Jays are looking for another SP, and the DBacks have a surplus with Kennedy, Cahill, Hudson, Miley, Skaggs, Bauer… If we could pickup Kennedy or Hudson in a deal, that would be terrific.

pepperdinedevil
2 years 9 months ago

So the Jays get Upton and Kennedy, the Dbacks’ star and ace, and the Dbacks get a catcher they don’t need and a bad shortstop? Got it.

Timothy Tappin
2 years 9 months ago

Massive overpay?? You got to be kidding right? Arencibia does not even hit well for a catcher, his AVG and OBP are awful the only thing hes got is pop, and btw the Dbacks already have one of the best catchers in the game. yunel is nothing more than an average SS.

$5427573
2 years 9 months ago

Yeah I took a closer look at his numbers and they’re not the greatest. Though certainly not the worst either.

Joe McMahon
2 years 9 months ago

If you’re not joking, I am losing faith in the human race. JP Arencibia is a horrible baseball player.Dude has a career OBP of .275, one of the worst in the league. An offer of JP, Yunel and one of those prospects would be a HUGE, HUGE win for the Blue Jays. No way Arizona would do that.

James Attwood
2 years 9 months ago

Dbacks just recently gave out their biggest position player contract ever to their own Catcher in Miguel Montero. Pretty sure that, as good as Arencibia is, he doesn’t get it done unless it is part of a 3-way.

2 years 9 months ago

Montero underachieved in his 1st year after the big contract though… Maybe Texas gets involved since they are in need of a catcher? Could be an interesting group of teams for a 3-team deal. A lot of needs could be addressed… i could see someone like Moreland moving to Toronto as well.

James Attwood
2 years 9 months ago

The Dbacks overpaid because of the Molina signing. Yadier pretty much forced teams to break the bank to sign catching. However, by the end of the season, Montero put up numbers quite consistant with, and a bit above his 162 game average to that point. If he performs at that level for 4 more years, his contract will still be looking good.
Arencibia is an intereesting idea, but it would still come down t a third team, and Texas seems pretty unwilling to part with eithr Profar or Olt, and I’m not sure that they can expect Montero, Arencibia, or Upton (depending on how the trade worked) without giving up one of them unless it was a Andrus+ for Upton deal.

2 years 9 months ago

I agree completely, and couldn’t have said it better myself… for the contract that Molina signed it skyrocketed the Catching contracts throughout the league. For other positions, this would be overpayment for production. Montero did not have a bad year by any means, but I think they could afford to move him for JP + others if they can address their biggest needs. What about this: To DBacks – Arencibia, Andrus, Norris… To Rangers – Montero, Escobar, Sierra…. To Jays – Upton, Moreland? Seems relatively fair, although Texas could want a bit more.

James Attwood
2 years 9 months ago

Dbacks would probably take that, although it would be a steep price in giving up Montero. KT would have to be feeling a bit itchy.However, the Rangers fans would probably lynch Nolan Ryan and Company if that happened though.

2 years 9 months ago

DBacks or Jays would likely have to add in another name, preferably a SP for the Rangers.

crashcameron
2 years 9 months ago

interesting all around! but i think it makes AZ heavy on the RH hitting

Guest
2 years 9 months ago

Should be Upton+ for Andrus he has proven way more than Upton has in the majors.

davbee
2 years 9 months ago

Uh, no he didn’t…Montero’s OPS in 2012 was .829 vs. .820 in 2011. He actually improved, not to mention that he’s arguably the second best defensive catcher in baseball behind Yadi Molina.

A Far Cry
2 years 9 months ago

… The Jays would have to be stupid to trade Arencibia. Yes, we need a Left Fielder, but not at the expense of punching a new hole in our team.

The Data
2 years 9 months ago

Arencibia is not good. What is wrong with you people.

2 years 9 months ago

Is it really punching a hole? d’Arnaud has nothing left to prove in AAA.

Ray22
2 years 9 months ago

Amaro please trade Jimmy Rollins if they need a SS…. we could give SS to Galvis and sign BJ Upton aswell….we can form a young core from Galvis, Brown, BJ Upton and Justin Upton!

jpg1200
2 years 9 months ago

why on earth would the dbacks want an old overpaid player in return for a 25 year old potential superstar?

Phillyfan425
2 years 9 months ago

I don’t know what’s funnier. The fact that you think a 25 year old “cost controlled” All-Star caliber OFer, could be had in a trade centered around Jimmy. OR the fact that you have Galvis as one of the “core” players.

Phillies_Aces35
2 years 9 months ago

Other than the fact that a Jimmy Rollins/Justin Upton trade makes no sense what so ever…

Jimmy Rollins has a No Trade Clause and I can almost guarantee he doesn’t want to be an Arizona Diamondback.

Schmoe2
2 years 9 months ago

Rollins is going nowhere. Amaro does need to add some power to our lineup going into next season with our aging sp and the window of the current team closing due to age. getting Justin would help with both power and age and Amaro needs to get that deal done. getting both Upton brothers would be real cool because you could really call Philadelphia the city of brotherly love then

Catztradamus
2 years 9 months ago

lol. I smell Amaro all over this, but not with Rolllins. Thats laughable. The deal for Philly would have to be something like Brown, Galvis, Jesse Biddle, and maybe, JUST MAYBE, they throw in Cliff Lee and deal for Bauer and Upton together.

Defiancy
2 years 9 months ago

I know the Braves/Wren are definitely on the phone about this guy.

bravesfansince1990
2 years 9 months ago

Get it done Wren!

Chris Leigh
2 years 9 months ago

How about a law firm OF of Heyward, Upton and Upton?

Defiancy
2 years 9 months ago

One can dream.

Dan Basile
2 years 9 months ago

Mets will offer one of each of the following:
1B/OF: Ike Davis or Lucas Duda
SP: Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, or RA Dickey

2 years 9 months ago

this deal is about to go down, Upton to the Pirates

James Attwood
2 years 9 months ago

Thanks!
I’ve had a rough day and needed a good laugh.

2 years 9 months ago

I dont know what you are laughing about, its going to happen

vtadave
2 years 9 months ago

Yep. A guy I know just saw Gerrit Cole packing his bags and this dude down at 7-11 told me that Starling Marte was seen burning a Pirates hat.

Tesseract
2 years 9 months ago

Was it his baseball bags or his personal bags? Also, did marte burn the pirates home or away hat? or both?

James Attwood
2 years 9 months ago

Unless Marte can transition to 3B, he offers nothing to the DBacks. And if the Pirates give up Cole in a deal for Upton, then they deserve to continue with the second half collapses.

danielccapaches
2 years 9 months ago

Assuming you’re serious, who are the D-backs getting back from the Pirates? It better be a great haul or the trade is a mistake, in my opinion.

Eltorro24
2 years 9 months ago

Gregory Polanco and Jeff Lock and a lower level prospect

Pirates2013
2 years 9 months ago

I would love for this to happen. They showed serious interest before the deadline, maybe they can work something out.

Joey Doughnuts
2 years 9 months ago

Wrong Adam Eaton is linked. Should be linked to BR page for the 23-year-old OF, not the 35-year-old pitcher.

MLB_in_the_Know
2 years 9 months ago

Every time.

2 years 9 months ago

inb4

Anthony Ranaudo
Jerry Sands
Kolbrin Vitek
Alex Wilson
Josh Fields

for Justin Upton

James Attwood
2 years 9 months ago

That’s interesting. I don’t think it happens, but it is interesting.

vtadave
2 years 9 months ago

Quantity bad. Quality good.

The Data
2 years 9 months ago

Middlebrooks, Webster, Brentz for Upton.

2 years 9 months ago

The Bravos better get this guy!

George Vander Buist
2 years 9 months ago

I hope he is dealt.. Cant be healthy for the guys mental state hearing his name in rumours every couple months..

James Attwood
2 years 9 months ago

The easiest way for his name to stop coming up is for him to start performing up to expectations.

Colin Christopher
2 years 9 months ago

In 2011, he batted .289 with 31 HRs and 21 SBs at age 24, and everyone said he’d finally started performing up to expectations. One of the first rumors that popped up last winter was where Justin Upton might get traded, so I’m not so sure your theory is accurate.

Phillies_Aces35
2 years 9 months ago

The rumors started the off season after he had a MONSTER year in 2011… I think people inquired the year before that too, but still, it’s not like he never produced up to expectations or exceeding them.

Walter Partlo
2 years 9 months ago

Any chance of Upton going to Detroit?

EightMileCats
2 years 9 months ago

Doubtful
We lack the prospects I think. The only prospects we have worth much is Castellanos/Garcia/Rondon…

James Attwood
2 years 9 months ago

Casstellanos would have to headline the deal and I don’t think that Detroit’s system has much else to make up the ddifference right now.

EightMileCats
2 years 9 months ago

Exactly

Josh Gedert
2 years 9 months ago

Not true. Sign Sanchez, then you can give up Porcello in a deal. Porcello, Rondon, Castellanos, and Danry Vasquez for Upton.

EightMileCats
2 years 9 months ago

That’d make for a nasty team for the lnext 3-5 seasons… Then a rebuild would probably be in order

Mike Bender
2 years 9 months ago

The bigger issue is that the Dbacks don’t want prospects on the left side of the infield. They want major league ready players. We have Matt Davidson 2-3 years away at 3B, so SS is the only place we’d take a prospect, but we’re talking Profar quality.

Mike Bender
2 years 9 months ago

And I understand Profar is probably steep, considering decreased productivity this year with Upton.

Adam O'Coin
2 years 9 months ago

The teams I would love to see Justin Upton traded to would be the following in this order: The Braves, Pirates or Yankees

2 years 9 months ago

Trade him to the Yanks for Granderson, Nova and a B level prospect

Mike Bender
2 years 9 months ago

And owe $15M to 32-year old Granderson? We’d trade Upton because of the depth we have in the OF, why add another? 3B or SS. That’s what Upton goes for.

2 years 9 months ago

DBacks don’t need Granderson, they just traded him (C.Young)

MatzMatics
2 years 9 months ago

Now that the albatross (Bay) has gone by the wayside and with the Mets having no right handed bats in their outfield, it would be foolish not to get involved in talks with Upton. I’m hearing stuff from Rosenthal (I know, crazy) about the Diamondbacks needing a shortstop, and “Upton possibly could bring them a player such as the Rangers’ Elvis Andrus.” I smell a possible blockbuster trade coming between the Mets, D-Backs and Rangers due to the similar needs between the three teams, namely infield help, outfielders, and pitching.

posada11
2 years 9 months ago

Proposed trade of Justin Upton and David Holmberg (Lefty Starting Prospect) for Norris, Lowrie, Wesley Wright, and Paul Clemens. In this trade, Arizona fulfills all of their off-season goals: upgrade at SS, experienced SP, and LH RP on the cheap. Dbacks also rid themselves of Upton’s contract which calls for $10M in 2013, $14M in 2014, $15M in 2015. The Astros pick up a young bonafide CF with speed and power coming off an average year and a Lefty SP prospect. Upton on the trading block due to expected performance, costs and issues with DBacks upper management.

john
2 years 9 months ago

What?

2 years 9 months ago

I’m no Astros fan but this probably makes no sense whatsoever to do especially when they just acquired Lowrie last year in the offseason….

mmiller54
2 years 9 months ago

that is a bad offer.

James Attwood
2 years 9 months ago

Justin Upton plays RF. His brother, BJ plays CF. Justin is not a natural in CF and would not be the first or second choice for nearly any team.
Also, the Dbacks are not getting any legitimate “impact” talent in that deal. They aren’t looking to shed Upton’s salary, they are looking for an upgrade in total impact. The trade helps Houston WAY more than it helps AZ. In three years, Upton will still be playing, and even if 2011 was his best year, many teams will take that 9/10 times.
In 3 years, every one of the players going to the Dbacks in that deal is elsewhere.

philliesfan136
2 years 9 months ago

Uh.. no.