D-Backs could reopen trade talks for Justin Upton

Justin Upton 1 polaroidIn a report for CBS Sports, Jon Heyman says the Diamondbacks could resume trade discussions for Justin Upton.

Heyman says one of Upton, Jason Kubel, or Gerardo Parra could be dealt, although Arizona wants to keep Parra for his defense, and they’re unlikely to get much in return for Kubel.

Heyman says considering how much D-Backs owner Ken Kendrick likes Upton, he would need to be convinced moving him is something the team needs to do.

D-Backs GM Kevin Towers had reportedly been seeking a shortstop in return for Upton, and while Towers recently acquired SS Didi Gregorius from the Reds, Heyman says Towers would still consider moving Upton for either Rangers infielders Elvis Andrus or Jurickson Profar.

Texas has reportedly been reluctant to move either Andrus or Profar in a deal for Upton.

Michael Baron, Contributor

I still don’t see the Mets and Diamondbacks matching up for Upton. There’s no denying Upton’s talent level and he’s as good of a fit as there is for the Mets. He had a subpar year in 2012 by his standards, but he’s young, right-handed, and comes with a combination of both power and speed the Mets badly need. But if Towers wants a big league ready shortstop in a deal for Upton – or any other position player for that matter – the Mets just don’t have that to offer. And, now that the Mets have dealt R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays, they can’t afford to deal someone like Jon Niese for Upton, either. 

Statistics and information on Justin Upton...

Contract: Upton will earn $9.75 million next season, during which Niese will earn $3 million. Upton’s salary bumps up to $14.25 million in 2014 and $14.5 million in 2015, after which he is eligible to be a free agent.

Stats: Upton hit .280 with a .355 OBP and .430 SLG with 17 home runs and 67 RBI and 121 strikeouts in 554 at-bats in 2012.