D-Backs could hold on to their outfielders

Jason Kubel polaroidD-Backs GM Kevin Towers might decide to hold onto both Justin Upton and Jason Kubelreports Richard Justice for MLB.com.

According to Towers, instead of making a deal, he could keep Upton and Kubel and send Adam Eaton and A.J. Pollack to the minor leagues to start the season.

“Unless the Texas Rangers blow Towers away with an offer,” Justice explains, Upton is likely to with Arizona on Opening Day.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Toward the end of the Winter Meetings, the talk coming from Arizona was that Kubel could be had for pitching prospects, so long as the team acquiring him payed all of his $7 million salary. However, reading Justice’s article, it now sounds like a deal for Upton or Kubel will only occur if it helps Arizona in a meaningful way. They clearly have specific needs they feel these guys can help fill in trade. But, if that can’t happen, so be it. Towers will punt before making a deal just to make a deal.

Michael Baron, Contributor

I wonder if Eaton could interest the Mets? It seems like the Mets want to acquire and develop players that are under control for a long period of time. There’s no room for him right now in the Arizona outfield, and – as Justice says – he is probably big league ready at this stage of his development. He is small, doesn’t hit for much power and is left-handed, but Eaton has a .456 OBP in three Minor League seasons with 83 doubles, and he has posted a .966 OPS with stolen 98 bases in 122 attempts over the same time period. He’s fast, has a strong throwing arm and has gap-to-gap capability. In the big parks of the NL East, he could be a great catalyst for the top of the order.