Skip to content

D’Backs owner says Justin Upton probably won’t be traded

Nov 18, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT

upton, justin (getty) Getty Images

The Diamondbacks have been dangling Justin Upton on the trading block since the July 31 deadline, so they have a pretty good idea of what teams are willing to offer for the talented young outfielder.

And it doesn’t seem like they’re expecting a match.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports heard from a source this weekend that there is a “90 percent chance” Upton will open the 2013 season with Arizona. “I think there’s a very high likelihood Justin will be in our starting outfield when we start the new season,” Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick added when asked.

The Rangers seemed like a potential suitor, but they informed the D’Backs at the general meetings earlier this month that they were not willing to include either of their two young shortstops — Jurickson Profar or Elvis Andrus — in a trade. The Diamondbacks want young staring pitching and a young infielder.

Upton, 25, batted .280/.335/.430 with 17 home runs, 18 stolen bases and 67 RBI in 150 games this past season. He is owed $9.75 million in 2013, then $14.25 million in 2014 and $14.5 million in 2015.

  1. spytdi - Nov 18, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Is he going play harder for you next season after being dangled continuously? Nab a couple of prospects from the Rangers and cut bait with overhyped mediocrity.

    • ireportyoudecide - Nov 18, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      Overhyped mediocrity? Way to early to give up on Upton.

  2. sunsation3413 - Nov 18, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Sick hearing these same rumors for the last 2 seasons. Not going to help his desire to play well for the Dbacks. Trade him or STFU already.

  3. greymares - Nov 18, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    he’s gone

  4. djjackson81 - Nov 18, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    If he wants out bad enough now for his feeling getting hurt then he will explode to his potential so raise his value for other teams to offer more. Then he will go.

  5. djjackson81 - Nov 18, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    I still say Tampa Bay for Hellickson and that SS prospect they got.

  6. trybe29dr - Nov 19, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    The Rangers are really overvaluing Andrus.

    • paperlions - Nov 19, 2012 at 8:03 AM

      No, they aren’t. A 24 yr old SS with a plus glove and good OB skills > 25 RF with a bit of power that generally has only shown up in his launching pad of a home park who is already shoved into a corner OF spot and only plays that ok.

  7. Utley's Hair - Nov 19, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Is that like a vote of confidence for managers? ‘Cause they don’t tend to work out so well.

  8. kev86 - Nov 19, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Mets should get him and sign BJ Upton too. Wright would love it considering they ate Norfolk buddies.

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Featured video

Yanks, Cards and Reds hit with injury bug
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. C. Gonzalez (2720)
  2. J. Votto (2632)
  3. M. Tanaka (2489)
  4. E. Encarnacion (2485)
  5. J. Nelson (2456)
  1. M. Trumbo (2435)
  2. R. Braun (2321)
  3. J. Samardzija (2295)
  4. B. Hamilton (2220)
  5. V. Martinez (2170)