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No progress on Justin Upton four-team trade talks

Dec 5, 2012, 3:26 PM EDT

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Both’s Jon Heyman and’s Ken Rosenthal are reporting that talks between the Diamondbacks, Rangers, Indians and maybe the Rays on a Justin Upton deal have failed to progress.

Heyman reports that talks are at a standstill and that the Diamondbacks need more in return for Upton than Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. Other than that, he’s not sure what the hold up.

Rosenthal writes that the talks are essentially at the same point where they were since before the start of the meetings.

Heyman previously indicated that the Rangers could send top pitching prospect Martin Perez and more to Cleveland for Cabrera and then use him to get Upton. However, they might also have to send some of their own minor league talent Arizona’s way to make such a deal materialize.

Other variations of the trade have the Diamondbacks trading one of their top young pitchers, Trevor Bauer (their preference) or Tyler Skaggs (Cleveland’s preference) to get Cabrera from the Indians.

Tampa Bay’s involvement in the deal would probably include James Shields going to Texas and then Rangers third baseman Mike Olt getting sent somewhere. Olt would be a fix for the Rays as a long-term first baseman, but he’d have more value to a team that could use him at third.

Anyway, it doesn’t sound like there’s much chance of an Upton trade materializing today. A Jason Kubel deal might be more likely.

  1. thebadguyswon - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Getting quite bored with Kevin Towers’ “trade Justin Upton” fetish.

  2. phreakin - Dec 5, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Will tell you right now if Olt is in the deal, he’s coming to Arizona. Don’t care that they just signed Chavez today, they wanted him when they were trying to work a deal with Texas awhile back. Towers and Kendrick have said all along their goal if they trade Upton is to get back 2 of the 3 positions they need. Shortstop, 3rd base, or a top of the line starter.

  3. Kevin Gillman - Dec 5, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    What about Olt for Cleveland? He can play 1st base, and be a major fixture for years to come for the Indians. Send Cabrera to Arizona for Bauer, Olt, and another prospect somewhere.

  4. spudchukar - Dec 5, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    When the rumors first emerged, it was apparent that Cabrera wasn’t of the caliber of the other proffers.

  5. Sign Ahead - Dec 5, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    “…not sure what the hold up [is]”

    I suspect that the hold up is that at least one of the teams is less eager to see this trade happen than Mr. Heyman is. Is it just my perception, or do we have a lot of sports journalists who appear to be driving the story rather than covering it this year?

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 5, 2012 at 6:12 PM


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