D-Backs see Rangers, Rays as best fits for Justin Upton

The Diamondbacks see both the Rangers and Rays as the best fits for a deal for OF Justin Upton, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.

According to Olney, while the Rangers are still unwilling to deal either Jurickson Profar or Elvis Andrus for Upton, they are viewed as the better fit over the Rays.

However, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times believes the Rays have the best package of prospects to offer the Diamondbacks for Upton, although Olney notes that Upton’s escalating salary could be an issue for the Rays, considering how they’ve historically paid their talent.

Michael Baron, Contributor

There’s no denying Upton’s talent level. 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. The thing is, if Arizona is looking mostly at position players for a match on a deal, the Mets really don’t have anyone at or close to the Major League level that would be attractive to the Diamondbacks. Also, while there’s a lot of buzz surrounding Upton being moved this winter, the Diamondbacks don’t need to trade him right now, and so they could ask for the moon for him and hope a team bites.That is where the Mets need to be very careful when looking to improve not just with Upton, but with other players they’re looking to acquire as alternatives.

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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.

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