Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers told reporters Saturday that he had discussed trade rumors with star young right fielder Justin Upton, MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert reported.
Towers said the pair had a “good conversation,” and that he thinks Upton “gets it.” Towers has said he would be open to dealing the 24-year-old Upton for the right price. Towers also said that he told Upton his policy of listening to offers on him is no change from of his players. From Gilbert’s report:
“I said, ‘Hey, this is no different than the way I approached it even before you got to know me in 2010. I listen on everybody,’” Towers said. “We’re in the information gathering business. I said, ‘If something gets close, you’ll be a part of the process. I’m not going to shock you with something. If something is coming down and I think it’s close, there will be a heads up.’ I said, ‘At this point in time, a lot of people are kicking tires. Your name is out there a lot, most of it is untrue.’”
Upton has been loosely linked to the Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh Pirates as potential trade partners for the Diamondbacks.
Upton is batting .268 with seven homers and 37 RBI in 81 games this season. He has a .744 OPS and 10 stolen bases.