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Diamondbacks likely to trade Justin Upton next?

Oct 21, 2012, 9:01 AM EDT

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The Diamondbacks essentially acquired reliever Heath Bell and infielder Cliff Pennington for outfielder Chris Young on Saturday. And FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal thinks they’re not done dealing:

I’ll believe Justin Upton will be a Diamondback in 2013 when I see him in an Arizona uniform on Opening Day.

Rosenthal envisions Jason Kubel, Adam Eaton and Gerardo Parra making up the D’Backs starting outfield in 2013 and Upton being used to fetch a starting pitcher or a long-term answer at shortstop. “Saturday was but a means to an end,” Rosenthal writes.

Upton posted a disappointing .280/.355/.430 batting line with 17 home runs and 67 RBI in 150 games this summer for Arizona. The 25-year-old right fielder is owed $38.5 million over the next three seasons.

  1. proudlycanadian - Oct 21, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Upton for Escobar would be a good match for the Jays.

    • thebadguyswon - Oct 21, 2012 at 9:18 AM

      Thin air up there, eh?

      • paperlions - Oct 21, 2012 at 11:07 AM

        What do you mean? Who couldn’t use a 30 yr old SS that is an indifferent fielder, can’t hit, and has a history of just not giving a shit? Don’t get me wrong, he’s every bit as good (or bad) as Mike Aviles…..but there just aren’t that many mediocre middle infielders laying around….I mean, every team only has at least 3 guys that can field but can’t hit on their AA and AAA clubs. We are talking a rare resource here.

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 21, 2012 at 12:57 PM

        Dammed right paperlions!

  2. xpensivewinos - Oct 21, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Be interesting to see if a team would trade for Justin and then sign BJ as a free agent……..

    • slartibartfast4242 - Oct 21, 2012 at 4:56 PM

      If they can bring Kate too that would be doubly interesting…

    • bigleagues - Oct 22, 2012 at 8:27 AM


  3. dondada10 - Oct 21, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Justin Upton for Jon Niese and Ruben Tejada.

    • thebadguyswon - Oct 21, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      I’m a Mets fan, but I can’t see the DBacks trading Upton unless they get blown away. Niese and Tejada won’t do it.

  4. 13arod - Oct 21, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    how about trading him for josh johnson from the marlins they were going to trade him and the marlins need a good outfielder

    • js20011041 - Oct 21, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      So, they traded a good, young outfielder for essentially an overpriced, washed up closer and a shortstop that starts on maybe five teams in baseball. Now they’re thinking about trading another good (lastyear notwithstanding, I think Upton will bounce back) young outfielder for a starting pitcher when they’ve got a system loaded with upper tier starting pitching. What the fuck is going on in Arizona?

      • paperlions - Oct 21, 2012 at 11:09 AM

        Exactly. Arizona’s system is stacked with guys ready to pitch in the majors.

    • Old Gator - Oct 21, 2012 at 11:08 AM

      The Feesh probably won’t trade JJ over the weenter, especially not now that they were able to unload Heath Bar Bell without having to package him with anyone with substantial upside. The peetcher that the Feesh are most likely to try to move, now that they’ve stupidly unloaded Anibal Sanchez, is Reecky Nolasco and his evil pod twin.

      As far as JJ, I suspect that the Feesh notochord trust is going to give him till around the July trade deadline next season to assess whether he has fully recovered from last weenter’s surgery. There’s a strong school of thought down here that hold his early season struggles and missing velocity were a result of the surgery, and that with another season of rest he’ll be closer to what he was before he hurt himself in March. We shall see.

  5. yahmule - Oct 21, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Tough spot the D-Backs. Trade him now while his value is diminished coming off a crappy season or trade him next year when it’s diminished even more.

    • Ben - Oct 21, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      And if you’re trading for him, how do you even value him? Usually stars and scrubs is a team, not a player.

      • paperlions - Oct 21, 2012 at 11:14 AM

        Most teams probably value him about as much as they did coming into 2012, which was as a borderline MVP candidate. He just turned 25 a couple of months ago, and had great seasons as a 21 yr old and 23 yr old. For his skills, his contract is very reasonable over the next 3 years…that won’t be an impediment to most teams.

      • Ben - Oct 21, 2012 at 12:21 PM

        The tools are there, but like his brother, is the want lacking?

      • buddaley - Oct 21, 2012 at 1:50 PM

        I can’t speak to Justin, but there is nothing wrong with B.J.’s desire or effort. Don’t be fooled by nonsense talk radio or misinformed and simpleminded perceptions in national media. In fact, the common view that B.J. lacks desire &/or effort is perversely wrong as he is among the hardest working players on the team and if anything, his dedication sometimes leads him into trying too hard and not letting his natural talent just work for him.

      • basiltharat - Oct 21, 2012 at 3:44 PM

        I’m sure the fact that B.J. hasn’t been the star he was expected to be fuels his “disinterested” rep, but it’s a load of hooey. Just ask any of the guys who cover the Rays.

        It’d be fun if Tampa Bay traded for Justin after losing B.J., but it obviously isn’t going to happen. There’s a very obvious match out there: The Rangers, who have two excellent young shortstops and are probably going to need an outfielder. Andrus for Upton could be one of those deals that helps both teams.

      • bigleagues - Oct 22, 2012 at 8:47 AM

        BasilThaRat (LOVE that Fawlty Towers reference by the way!)

        I agree the Rangers would seem to be a good match, but I’m not sure Andrus alone gets a deal done. Also, the Rangers could be losing significant production at two positions (and while Moreland/Olt could more than replace what they lose at 1B) I’m not sure they’d want to weaken another position (especially one as important as SS), in the short term, to replace OF production – which is easier to find.

        I’ll throw these combo’s into the ring of speculation: Ellsbury/Rubby De La Rosa or De La Rosa/Iglesias (though it would be understandable if no team jumps at the chance to trade for Iglesias, he may be a more effective offensive player in a place like Arizona.)

  6. whatthehellisansky - Oct 21, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Upton to the Yanks for Nunez, Nova and a prospect? Id love to see this guy replace Swish..Nova’s stuff will translate well in the Natl league west and Nunie just needs time to develop in the field (an opportunity he wont have for another 2 or 3 yrs in the Bronx)..Plus we all know we can afford Upton’s deal…

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM

      Nunie just needs time to develop in the field

      Anything that involves more opportunities for these types of plays is A-OK in my book!

    • thebadguyswon - Oct 21, 2012 at 2:29 PM

      Come on….we’re agreeing that Niese and Tejada won’t do it and now Nova, Nunez and a prospect will?

    • bigmeechy74 - Oct 22, 2012 at 12:44 AM

      Why are all yankees fans so unrealistic and have such a ridiculous sense of entitlement?

  7. watermelon1 - Oct 21, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    the bubble-blowing Adam Jones for Justin Upton?

    • paperlions - Oct 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM

      I don’t think either team would do that….Arizona wouldn’t because Jones’ contract represents worse value than Uptons, and they aren’t very different in terms of skill set (except that Upton is better at getting on base).

  8. illadelphiasphinest - Oct 21, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Get it done Phillies!! We need this guy!!!

    • thebadguyswon - Oct 21, 2012 at 2:30 PM

      Who does Philly even have to trade?

      • liamj55 - Oct 21, 2012 at 3:02 PM

        They have top pitching prospects. Lets say they start it at Worley, Pettibone, Brown and Defratus.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 21, 2012 at 3:14 PM

        Ryan Howard?

      • thebadguyswon - Oct 21, 2012 at 3:39 PM

        Top pitching prospects? Their farm stinks.

  9. illadelphiasphinest - Oct 21, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Philly has to move on this. There is NO way we can into next season with our 3 startting OF’ers all being platoon guys in Brown, Mayberry Jr, and Ruff.

  10. hbdbrowns33 - Oct 21, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    If I were the Indians I would make a push for B.J. Upton and trade Francisco Lindor for Justin, It obviously wouldn’t be a straight up trade but Lindor is one of the best SS prospects and baseball and the Tribe needs right handed bats terribly.

  11. legacybroken - Oct 21, 2012 at 5:03 PM


    The only team Kate’s showing up for is the Tigers to watch JV pitch.

  12. mrredlegz - Oct 21, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Nick Masset, Mike Leake, and Didi Gregorious. Aroldis to the rotation.

    • mrredlegz - Oct 21, 2012 at 11:25 PM

      C’mon Walter, get it done. This dude would hit a lotta bombs at the ‘ol Smallpark. Hell, give ’em Cozart and keep Didi for all that matters.

  13. foreverchipper10 - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Tommy Hanson and a prospect. I think that’s quite fair.

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