CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that, while the Rangers are interested in acquiring Justin Upton, they are unwilling to include either Elvis Andrus or Jurickson Profar, making a deal with Texas unlikely.
11:41 am: The New York Post’s Joel Sherman told WFAN today that he has yet to hear the Mets or Yankees involved in talks with Arizona about OF Justin Upton, who he believes will cost your team three or four players.
Sherman points out that the Yankees intend to continue cutting payroll and Upton is likely out of their budget.
10:24 am: Yesterday, FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal said the D-Backs are engaged in active discussions about trading Justin Upton, according to major league sources.
However, Bill Madden in the Daily News adds, “Upton’s thumb injury last year has a lot of GMs wary of Towers bearing gifts with his one-time best player.”
“The Diamondbacks are most interested in a shortstop, a third baseman and pitching,” according to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman, who says there is lots of buzz at the GM Meetings that Arizona could soon trade OF Justin Upton. Also reporting from the GM Meetings, the New York Post’s Joel Sherman says, ‘there is a strong feeling Upton will be traded,’ with the Rangers seemingly the front runner.
Previous updates on Justin Upton...
Matthew Cerrone, Lead WriterIf Rosenthal is mentioning Andrus, you understand why I keep mentioning Jon Niese, because that is the caliber player it is going to take for the Mets. I’ve been saying for a while that Arizona isn’t looking to trade Upton for a basket of prospects. Instead, Kevin Towers is said to want talent that will help the team right now… The thing is, the Mets will not be the only team interested. So far, the Yankees, Red Sox, Tigers, Rangers, Pirates, Phillies, Nationals, Braves and Brewers have all been mentioned as being on the hunt for an outfielder. At the same time, there are free agents available of simliar or better quality, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see Arizona pull the trigger on a deal sooner than later…
Contract: Upton’s current contract will pay him $9.75, $14.25 and $14.75 million for the next three years.
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.
Nov. 7, 2012: In addition to the Yankees, Red Sox, Indians and Braves, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic says four new teams have been added to Upton’s no-trade list, although they have not been specified publicly.
However, in a separate tweet, Piecoro says Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers will still talk with those teams on Upton’s no-trade list, and has in fact already talked with one of those four new teams.
Nov. 7, 2012: According to major-league sources, the D-Backs are engaged in active discussions about trading Upton, Ken Rosenthal reports for FoxSports.com.
“The Diamondbacks need a shortstop, and Upton possibly could bring them a player such as the Rangers SS Elvis Andrus,” he explains.