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Justin Upton may accept trades to teams on his no-trade list

Jul 17, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

Yesterday we learned that Justin Upton has the Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs and Indians on his no-trade list. Today we learn that everything is negotiable:


I still don’t get the reason for Cleveland being on there, but certainly the others might be there because they were viewed as likely landing spots in the event of a later trade and Upton wanted the leverage.

And above all else, I think that the Dbacks will regret it if they trade Upton.

  1. number42is1 - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    He must have read your piece about Gardener….

  2. Sign Ahead - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    “And above all else, I think that the Dbacks will regret it if they trade Upton.”

    As a Diamondbacks fan, I’m afraid that the team is going to engage in a bout of “angry trading” that focuses more on punishing the players for their disappointing performance than on building the best team possible. Between the owner’s public scolding of Drew and Upton, the GM’s eagerness to let everyone know that Upton is available (and that Upton knows he’s available), and the leaked comments that Upton isn’t a winning player, it feels like they’re trying to drive down the price for their own players right when they’re thinking about trading them.

    This is not savvy business behavior. It looks more like a tantrum than a strategy. I’m not entirely against trading Upton, for a good return. But until management gets its temper under control, I don’t think it’s capable of making a good trade.

  3. deathmonkey41 - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Maybe he hates the city of Cleveland for some reason?

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:39 PM

      Willie Mays Hayes he is not.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:03 PM

      who would want to move there?

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:14 PM

        Their zoo is kick ass

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      allergic to midges?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:42 PM

        Thought that read allergic to midgets, and thought, that’s an interesting allergy, but what does that have to do with Cleveland?

      • vallewho - Jul 17, 2012 at 11:43 PM

        remember Joba Chamberlain during the playoffs in 2007

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:13 AM

        exactly. Who would want to move there?

  4. contraryguy - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    I find it more interesting that he put both NYY and the RedSox on there. Cleveland and the lame Cubs? I can see that (although the Tribe and town don’t deserve the knock); but saying no to Checkbook Central? Wow.

    • Jonny 5 - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:03 PM

      All it means to block a team is that you (the player) will have negotiating leverage if your team wants to send you to one of those teams you block. In other words, gettin’ paid.

      • nategearhart - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:06 PM

        OR he just really hates NY and/or Boston.
        But it’s most likely money.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:30 PM

      So he can demand a contract extension in exchange for waiving his no-trade clause if AZ wants to trade him to one of those places. Or maybe he is fighting the east coast bias. Or he doesn’t want to play against his brother. Or he is an irrational freak who picked those teams randomly.

      Probably the money thing.

  5. kev86 - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Him and Wright are buddies from their Norfolk days. Hope Alderson has enough ammo to make a play. Would be great short and long term. I dont like my chances though.

    • oltanya - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      Murphy, Flores, Familia and den Dekker.

      …I wish

    • spikeintn - Jul 18, 2012 at 12:04 PM

      He and Wright……

  6. randygnyc - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    With this agents statement, he indicates that Upton would consider a trade to the Yankees. The Indians, Cubs and Red Sox have no chance at a ring this year. He’s floating the concept so the Yankees might not be scared off of the NTC in the contract. As I’ve said before, if he can rededicate himself to the game, he’d make a fine corner outfielder in the Bronx, but I wouldn’t give up too much to find out if that’s possible.

    • napoleonblownapart6887 - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      Now I’m not much for giving inspirational addresses. But I would just like to point out that randygnyc, blog commenter, has picked us to finish last. He seems to think we’d save everyone a lot of time and trouble if we just went out and shot ourselves. Me? I’m for wasting randygnyc’s time, so I’d like to hang around and see if we can give him a nice big $h!tburger to eat.

  7. twinsboy34 - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Smart to have Yankees and Red Sox on there. Good way to get leverage with two of the biggest spenders

  8. poohman1975 - Jul 17, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    You don’t get Cleveland being on there? How about because it’s Cleveland! Blah.

  9. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 17, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Reynolds (The agent) was on MLB Network Radio’s afternoon show yesterday, and was asked specifically about the no trade clause. He alluded to that some times a team gets put on a no trade list due to the player not wanting to play there, (Or maybe not wanting to live in that city), and sometimes a team gets put on there to give the player additional negotiating leverage, effectively saying “Everything’s negotiable.” It was a really interesting conversation from a side of the game that doesn’t get looked at very often.

  10. kingmeech - Jul 17, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Ellsbury and bogarts and a mid level prospect for uptown n skaggs

  11. townballblog - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    If Upton gets traded it will be Melky Cabrera 2.0

  12. exibitsman - Jul 17, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    !I think he will end up in new York with the Mets

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