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Justin Upton can block trades to the Yankees, Red Sox, Indians and Cubs

Jul 16, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

Justin Upton Getty Images

I didn’t know this, but apparently Justin Upton has a limited no-trade clause.  And there are four teams on it, reports Ken Rosenthal: the Yankees, the Red Sox, the Cubs and … the Indians.

That’s interesting.

I get the first three. Big media markets with big, oftentimes hostile media members. But Cleveland? Man, all I can think is that he just doesn’t like Cleveland as a city. Which is sad, because if you watch their tourism videos, the appeal of the place is undeniable.

Oh well. It’s not like the Indians were likely to make a deal for him. As for the other teams, the reason we’ve heard no Upton rumors involving them is likely the no-trade clause in the first place.

  1. The Common Man - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Thank you for dragging those videos back into my consciousness.

  2. paperlions - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Maybe it’s his personal statement against Chief Wahoo.

    • Kyle - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:55 PM

      That would be so awesome.

  3. itsacurse - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    I was under the impression that the big market teams were on the no-trade list so player and agent could have some leverage in the case of a deal to a team who could afford him (ie “we’ll wave the no trade clause for 10 years, 400 million.”) Any chance that’s true?

    • Kevin S. - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      It depends. Javy Vazquez had a no-trade clause in his contract that basically kept him on the East Coast – that was clearly family related. Other players do indeed use NTCs as leverage.

  4. mscott4 - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Shoot, I’ve been hearing the Cubs were going to trade some prospects for guys like Upton and make a run at this thing. There goes any chance of a World Series on the North Side this year.

  5. proudlycanadian - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Wouldn’t be surprised if AA is working on one of his 3 way trades in order to land Upton.

    • mathieug79 - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:34 PM

      finger’s crossed!!

  6. shorttracknews - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Cubs on list but not the White Sox? Yankees on list but not the Mets?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:33 PM

      As mentioned above, a lot of players put the Yanks on their lists as a way to get some additional benefit from them if they are traded there.

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:38 PM

      Maybe he just has a thing for things like Ska music and B movies, too.

      • kopy - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:52 PM

        Justin Uptown just wants to play for teams you probably haven’t heard of.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 17, 2012 at 8:29 AM

        I was enjoying this thread a lot more before I remembered my second-favorite sports franchise just moved to Brooklyn.

  7. kpow55 - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    I’d agree, the Cubs are probably the only team in MLB with bigger “high level” problems than the D-Backs. The Sox, eh, ok they’ve been lacking cohesion for a few seasons. To go from the D-Backs to the Yankees though, this guy had better be willing to walk cross country barefoot.

    I get the not everyone wants to play for the evil empire, wah wah boo hoo… I’m talking going form a perennial rebuilder to a fairly/very well run team.

    • 5thbase - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:06 PM

      The perennial rebuilder that is very much in the race this year? The perennial rebuilder that was a couple hits away from the NLCS last year? The perennial rebuilder that played in the NLCS in 2007? The perennial rebuilder that has as many World Series trophies in the last eleven years as the mega-millions Skankies?

      I’m pretty sure you have zero idea what a perennial rebuilder actually is.

      • kpow55 - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:26 PM

        Management that cuts salary post all star break is a rebuilder. A team that goes from top to bottom to top to bottom continually is a rebuilder. A team who trades all stars for bad prospects or lets them walk for nada is a rebuilder…. Haren, Valverde, Hudson (when he was good)….. Wow had to dig for those, a team that can’t develop nor land an All Star in their prime is a rebuilder.

        Then again, maybe you are right, they aren’t “rebuilders” they are a case of never going to happen under current ownership.

        A couple of hits away in a very weak division isn’t “in”…. maybe…… Before you go touting the Giants, they aren’t weak. The NL West has produced exactly 2 Champions in the 18 year history of their current incarnation. The D-Backs, due to management, are a bad team in a bad division that come “close ” at best.

        Hate if you want homer, I’m not a Yankees fan either but their ownership makes a legitimate effort and that’s why their stadium is always full.

      • 5thbase - Jul 16, 2012 at 6:38 PM

        A couple of hits away in a very weak division isn’t “in”…. maybe

        Do you even know how baseball works? A couple of hits away for the NLCS = a couple of hits away from winning a playoff series. I never said anything about winning the NL West.

        The Diamondbacks have had some rough patches, such as when the bulk of the talent on the team retired after the 2001 WS win and then for a few years after one of the best pitchers in baseball had his career abruptly end. Those are the 2 periods of rebuilding they’ve experienced.

        If you want to pretend that over the last decade that the Diamondbacks are one of the two teams in baseball with the biggest “high level” problems and that Upton should grovel for the wonderful chance to play with the Skankies, you’re just an idiot, which I am expecting is the case.

  8. drewsylvania - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Upton isn’t getting traded, unless it’s BJ Upton. The D-Backs will ask the entire world for Justin.

    • nategearhart - Jul 16, 2012 at 5:23 PM

      Personally, I think they should get it. Dude is young as hell and super talented. He’s actually worth a handful of really good prospects.

      • drewsylvania - Jul 16, 2012 at 5:46 PM


  9. somekat - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    “If you watch their tourism videos”?

    If you watch the tourism video of Scranton, PA, it looks like a great place too. Until you find out it is literally collapsing on itself both physically (basically all old buildings) and financially. That’s why it’s called a tourism video

    Either way, if I’m a team on this list, i instantly have no interest in him. If he only has 4 teams on that list, you know he’s be……less than excited to go to any of them. Why trade for a guy, who will have a high price, that you know beforehand doesn’t want to be here?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      You may want to actually watch the video at the link before you comment about it next time.

    • foreverchipper10 - Jul 17, 2012 at 6:30 PM

      Whoa, whoa. I live 10 minutes away from Scranton. Harsh. They are having financial problems but what towns aren’t?

  10. nategearhart - Jul 16, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs, Indians
    Money, money, money, anti-Chief Wahoo sentiment.

  11. onbucky96 - Jul 16, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    He’s decided to take his talents to South Beach.

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