Posted January 04, 2013

Report: Justin Upton draws trade interest from Rangers, Mariners, Braves

MLB

The Arizona Diamondbacks are once again open to trading outfielder Justin Upton and have gotten “strong interest” from at least three teams, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi reported Thursday. According to the report, the three teams intrigued are the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and Atlanta Braves.

The Diamondbacks’ intentions remain foggy at this point, according to the report. There is some thought that they would rather trade outfielder Jason Kubel, but he would not provide nearly as much potential return in any deal.

ESPN’s Buster Olney reported earlier Thursday that the Diamondbacks were “very much open” to discussing a deal for Upton and that they viewed the Mariners as a potential destination.

The 25-year-old Upton has been the subject of trade rumors for months and even years now. Upton’s stats regressed a bit in his third major-league season in 2012, as he hit .280 with 17 homers, 67 RBI and a .785 OPS. The Diamondbacks have a surplus of outfielders after signing Cody Ross late last month.

For his part, Upton tweeted that he wasn’t “going to worry about this trade nonsense” on Thursday:


3 comments
SuzieBogus
SuzieBogus

Ridiculous as usual. Coverage of Justin Upton trade rumors is becoming like coverage of Paris Hilton used to be. When a reporter is too lazy to do a real news story they just hit the Upton button again

Thomas Baker
Thomas Baker

Don't know what the diamondbacks are looking for, but if it is young pitching prospects, the Braves can surely accommodate them.

BryanCustard
BryanCustard

 @Thomas Baker Unfortunately they have a plethora of young pitching, that is probably better than the Braves. They were looking at Andrellton for awhile, but the Braves ain't letting him go, and they got a SS prospect in the Bauer deal, so their is no telling what they are looking for. I would add that we have some intriguing bullpen pieces that could be moved too. Moving Venters is the deal may make the deal a little sweeter, as most believe he could close