Rangers official reportedly believed ‘we got’ Justin Upton
The Rangers have long been linked to interest and efforts to trade for Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton. The latest round of speculation has included a multi-team deal including Upton and various configurations of six teams including the Diamondbacks, Indians, Rays, Royals and Mariners.
Peter Gammons gave some weight to the four-team trade rumors via Twitter:
If you don't believe the multi-team Upton trade talk, Wednesday night a Rangers official called an Astros officisl and said, "we got Upton."—
Peter Gammons (@pgammo) December 07, 2012
Upton hit .246/.298/.454 in 633 plate appearances with the Rays this season. He hit 28 home runs and the Rangers believe he can benefit from hitting in Rangers Ballpark, statistically proven to be a hitter’s park.