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Sounds like Justin Upton will not be traded

Jul 24, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

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Justin Upton sounded like he was being shopped recently, but that’s over now:

The trade rumors surrounding Justin Upton won’t officially die until the July 31 trading deadline passes, but they were all but put to rest by Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick on Monday.

Kendrick, speaking from his vacation home in Colorado, said it’s a “reasonable assumption” Upton will be a Diamondback the rest of the season. “I think we’re better off with him on our team,” Kendrick said. “I this whole thing has gotten way more attention than it deserves.”

Well, it probably wouldn’t have gotten much attention at all if it hadn’t been kicked off by Kendrick himself, who decided to publicly criticize Upton last month, setting off the trade rumors and speculation. Indeed, at any time since then Kendrick could have said flat-out that the Dbacks weren’t trading Upton and — poof! — it all would have gone away.

But hey, it’s his baseball team. He can run it the way he wants to.

  1. darthicarus - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    I’m sure the price he was looking at for Upton turned away a few parties. Better to announce that he makes the team better by being there instead of admitting the asking price was much higher than any other team was willing to pay.

  2. lorddarkhelmet - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    This was just a way to shake Upton up. I doubt they had any intention of trading him unless someone through them a trade they couldn’t resist

    • drewsylvania - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      Agreed. No reason to trade him, but every reason to drum up interest in case someone pulls a major stupid and trades a #1 starter plus their entire farm for him.

  3. randygnyc - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Cashman and the Yankees really tried to make a deal happen, but Upton’s price was too high. Apparently, the Yankees made several different offers over the last 2 weeks for him. Upton is a unique talent, but acquiring him, especially for top prospects, doesn’t come without substantial risks.

  4. Kevin S. - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Kevin Towers just walked through the bar in a low-cut blouse and micro skirt, let every guy in the bar by him a round of drinks, and then went home alone.

    • paperlions - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:11 PM

      Yeah, but when all anyone is willing to buy is one drink and then expecting to go home with the prize…no dinner, no movie, no gift baskets….then going home alone was the right move, especially when everyone expected him to pick up the cab fare as well.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:26 PM

        If gift baskets were the deal breaker, I think Brian Cashman could have gotten his hands on some…

      • paperlions - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:28 PM

        Are you saying Cashman would spend the night with Cap’n Jetes? That is a dedicated GM right there.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:32 PM

        The dude rappels off buildings dressed as an elf. Is there anything he won’t do for a worthy cause?

  5. jrbdmb - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Now that he’s cut off the trade rumors, expect Kendrick to throw Upton under the bus again any day now.

  6. easports82 - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    I’d direct your attention to comments by Jack Z about a week ago regarding some guy name Ichiro…

    • paperlions - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:11 PM

      Some guy named Ichiro = has been, washed up ball player. Some guy named Upton = top young talent in the game. Just not the same at all.

      • easports82 - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:39 PM

        Wasn’t a comparison of talent. GM’s say what they need to say to accomplish a goal. He wants to drive up Upton’s price? Tell everyone he’s not available.

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