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Diamondbacks now unlikely to trade Justin Upton

Dec 11, 2012, 10:54 PM EDT

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The Diamondbacks found their shortstop. So they are apparently taking Justin Upton off the table.

John Gambadoro of 620 KTAR in Phoenix was told late Tuesday night that Upton “will not be traded” and that Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers “will not be entertaining any more offers” for him.

The Rangers, after hesitating to part with young infielders Jurickson Profar or Elvis Andrus in trade negotiations with Arizona, will probably now turn back to free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton.

Upton batted .280/.355/.430 with 17 home runs and 67 RBI in 150 games this past summer for the Snakes. He hit .289/.369/.529 with 31 home runs and 88 RBI in 159 games the season before.

The 25-year-old is owed $9.75 million in 2013, $14.25 million in 2013 and $14.5 million in 2014.

  1. somekat - Dec 11, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    If this is true, expect Hamilton to be signed somewhere in the next 48 hours. Either the Rangers will realize they need him, and give him a deal. Or Hamilton will see it’s just not going to happen, and take a deal with Seattle, or someone else. If they don’t get together now, with basically no major bat left on the market except him, they won’t at all.

  2. fighterflea - Dec 11, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Reportedly Upton is out of favor with Manager Kirk Gibson so I wouldn’t be so quick to say he’s off the table. They won’t give Upton away but there’s a reason why his name is floated so much in trade talk.

    Phils have offered Hamilton $80 M for 3 years so I guess that’s the offer the Rangers will be given a chance to match.

    • ireportyoudecide - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:07 AM

      If that’s the case they should get rid of Gibson, not Upton.

  3. xmatt0926x - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    I honestly feel if the Rangers got Upton that Hamilton was going to the Phillies. From everything the local beat writers have been saying it seems the Phillies aren’t in position to blow the doors off with a large enough offer that the Rangers couldn’t match. It looks like Hamilton is going back to Texas, which is likely what he wanted to do all along anyway.

  4. sunsation3413 - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    For starters why do you believe anything that blow hard Gambadoro says. His “sources” are usually from others on the internet and he’s wrong more often than not. I dont think anyone on the Dbacks is off limits for the right deal.

    • phreakin - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:54 PM

      Agreed about Gambo. He switches rall the time on his “sources”. He will come out after everyone else and say his “sources” say Upton will be traded. Then Kendrick OR KT comes on the show and shoots that down. Then the next day Gambo’s “sources” will tell him trading Upton is out of the question. Rinse, repeat. It’s a joke.

      And the other person was right, Gibby has made no secret about his lack of love for Upton and Drew previously. And look what happened to Drew. Upton won’t see Spring Training with the Dbacks, it will be with another team. 100% guaranteed.

      What Kendrick and Towers are doing now is trying to drive up the price of Upton without having any actual suitors. It’s the same thing with anything else in life. If someone perceives something to be unattainable, they will try harder to get it. And in this case, that “it” is Upton. They won’t get what they want or think they should get for him because they’ll have to settle just to get him out of town.

  5. necr0philia - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    He will end up with the Atlanta Braves playing with his brother.

  6. bnasu13 - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    I guarantee part of the reason he had a below average season was because he was constantly hearing trade talks. Players can try to ignore it, but there’s no way to get away from it. If KT just shuts up and lets the man play, he will have a good season.

  7. rickeye9 - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    umm If you think we got our ss in the Bauer trade, you couldn’t be more wrong, this dude can’t hit, he’s worse than John McDonald and no way he’s better defensively, yeah he’s not better than our backup!! dude blows, we still need a ss, Pennington is solid, but still just about average

    • paperlions - Dec 12, 2012 at 7:59 AM

      Everyone apparently realizes this except for the D-Backs….they seem to think that they DO have their SS….is their any other reason to give away such a good pitching prospect?

      • bnasu13 - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:17 PM

        They gave him up because he was self-centered, the front office hated him, and he didn’t get along with the franchise catcher.

      • paperlions - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:29 PM

        Still not a reason to give him away for peanuts. If you run an organization like a bunch of HS girls or use a very strict “my way or the highway” philosophy, you are going to make a bunch of bad decisions.

  8. temporarilyexiled - Dec 12, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Am I missing something here? Has he acted badly and/or done/not done something to warrant this treatment from his team and any other? Doesn’t anyone want this guy?

  9. stairwayto7 - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Gambo is an idiot! Upton will be traded

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