Report: Justin Upton draws trade interest from Rangers, Mariners, Braves
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 Diamondbacks have viewed Seattle as a possible landing spot for Upton, but remember, he would have to approve any deal to Mariners.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 3, 2013
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:
Appreciate the support. This is the view from my hotel room. Going to enjoy it and not worry about this trade nonsense twitter.com/JUS10UP10/stat…
—Justin Upton (@JUS10UP10) January 3, 2013