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Diamondbacks still expected to move one of their outfielders

Dec 27, 2012, 8:40 PM EDT

Justin Upton, Jason Kubel

After the Diamondbacks surprisingly slithered in to sign Cody Ross to a three-year, $26 million deal over the weekend, the general feeling was that they would trade one of their outfielders. Not much has changed on that front over the Christmas holiday.

One person familiar with the Diamondbacks’ thinking told CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman that “someone will go.” The implication here is that Justin Upton, Jason Kubel and Gerardo Parra are all potentially available via trade. However, Heyman hears that the D-Backs would prefer to keep Parra because of his defense. It also helps that he’s cheap and remains under team control through 2015.

There are still quite a few teams who could be in the market for an outfielder, including the Rangers, Yankees, Phillies, Mets, Braves and Rays. The Rangers have been mentioned most frequently in trade talks for Upton this offseason, but general manager Jon Daniels has reportedly been reluctant to part with Elvis Andrus or Jurickson Profar in a potential deal.

  1. thebadguyswon - Dec 27, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    I wonder if they’ve ever considered trading Justin Upton.

  2. 13arod - Dec 27, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    of course you dont know baseball they have been trying to trade him since the trade dedline were have you been

    • husky2score - Dec 27, 2012 at 9:12 PM

      Rough day?

    • fillyphan13 - Dec 27, 2012 at 9:12 PM

      He’s been hanging out with the “h” from your where.

    • tfbuckfutter - Dec 27, 2012 at 10:49 PM

      Did you know his brother is also an athlete of some sort?

  3. zwilhelm16 - Dec 27, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Hey arod I’m pretty sure he was making a joke.

    • thebadguyswon - Dec 27, 2012 at 9:35 PM

      My fault for not attaching the sarcasm meter.

  4. cadillacjosh - Dec 27, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    So Arod is a jerk?!

  5. chacochicken - Dec 27, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    I like Towers’ moxie. I think he can move Upton for an aging bat with a bad contract and an overrated reliever. Upton just doesn’t seem hard-nosed and gritty enough.

    • tuberippin - Dec 28, 2012 at 3:48 AM

      It’s a good thing Darin Erstad isn’t still playing; he’d push Adam Eaton out of a future CF job due to Erstad’s phenomenal levels of grit and scrappiness.

  6. djjackson81 - Dec 27, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Some real opinions I’m pretty sick of all the maybe this and maybe that or how bout this team or this player. Trade Upton already American League hopefully and I want to see what he gets us cause it should be good or he plays for Az. I personal think KT should keep Kubel in left, Parra in center and Upton in right. Leaving Ross as fourth outfielder who can relieve all three outfield spots. Eaton is the next guy up if one goes.

    • somekat - Dec 27, 2012 at 10:59 PM

      They didn’t sign Ross to a 3 year deal to be a 4th outfielder

      • paperlions - Dec 27, 2012 at 11:49 PM

        No, they didn’t. But that doesn’t change the fact that he’s a platoon player, because he sucks at hitting RHP….no matter how much you pay him.

  7. djjackson81 - Dec 27, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    I’m guessing not as well but Upton or Kubel probably gone soon and Ross falls In that spot. Preferably Kubel. KT likes defense outfields Kubel is the weaker outfielder. Well see my guess is Upton or Kubel are gone soon

  8. djjackson81 - Dec 27, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    Left Ross
    Center Parra
    Right Upton
    Eaton your fourth out fielder with spot starts?
    Any thoughts?

  9. xpensivewinos - Dec 28, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    Kubel was born to DH.

  10. timpaz - Dec 28, 2012 at 7:21 AM

    From Towers recent history he will trade Upton for another reliever and a washed up starter, then they wonder why the stadium is empty, more of the same bad management by an organization that doesn’t get it.

  11. greymares - Dec 28, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    Upton to the Phillies for top left hand prospect Jesse Biddle and bullpen guy Aumont acquired in the previous Lee trade

    • paperlions - Dec 28, 2012 at 9:11 AM

      Haha, that’s cute.

    • thebadguyswon - Dec 28, 2012 at 10:56 AM

      Yeah….say nothing of the fact that the Phillies don’t actually have any top prospects.

      • greymares - Dec 28, 2012 at 11:22 AM

        Really Biddle WILL be a Cole Hammels type pitcher

      • paperlions - Dec 28, 2012 at 10:28 PM

        Well, there isn’t a single publication that thinks Biddle is likely to be that good. Right now, he’s not anywhere close to a top 50 prospect.

  12. Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Dec 28, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    “general manager Jon Daniels has reportedly been reluctant to part with Elvis Andrus or Jurickson Profar in a potential deal.”

    …because he isn’t an idiot. You don’t trade young, team-controlled talent like that for…well, just about anything when you’re as stocked as the Rangers are. Truth be told, I am always shocked anyone brings these guys up as trade pieces, I know they have a lot of infielders but when that is a luxury you have you are in a better position than about 29 other ballclubs.

  13. tubbman27 - Dec 28, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Baseball salaries are making me sick and resent the game.

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