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Diamondbacks and Padres have discussed Justin Upton-for-Chase Headley deal

Jan 5, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

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Justin Upton has been mentioned in trade rumors for a long time now, but Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has a new one. And it’s pretty juicy.

Justin Upton for Chase Headley?

The Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres have held on-and-off discussions about a trade involving those players since July, but the talks have failed to progress, according to major-league sources.

The Diamondbacks, however, continue to discuss Upton with other clubs, including the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners, sources say, while also considering offers for another of their outfielders, Jason Kubel.

Rosenthal speculates that the Padres would likely need to add more to Headley, who is coming off a breakout season in which he finished fifth in the NL MVP balloting. The 28-year-old third baseman projects to make around $8 million via arbitration next season and is under team control through 2014. Meanwhile, Upton doesn’t turn 26 until next August and is under contract for $38.5 million over the next three years. Headley would give the Diamondbacks the third baseman they have been looking for while Jedd Gyorko could take over at third base for the Padres. Talks haven’t gone anywhere and trading within the division is unlikely, but it sure is an interesting scenario.

The Rangers have been connected to Upton all winter and Rosenthal hears that they have been “persistent” and “relentless” in their pursuit. Still, they would prefer to put together a deal with Mike Olt as the centerpiece as opposed to Elvis Andrus or Jurickson Profar. Unsatisfied, the Diamondbacks believe they could find a better deal with a team like the Mariners, who are desperate to add a power hitter. While Upton has the Mariners on his four-team no-trade list, Rosenthal speculates that they could convince him to accept a deal if they extend his contract. The Braves have also made “strong overtures” for Upton, setting up the possibility of teaming him up with his brother, B.J. Upton, who signed a five-year, $75.25 million contract with the club earlier this offseason.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jan 5, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Coming to a post office near you — a “Justin Upton Wanted” poster.

  2. tc4306 - Jan 5, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Upton to the Mariners makes sense—if they want to play six outfielders at a time.

  3. lostsok - Jan 5, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    So did J-Up take a dump in the team shower or something? Arizona has done everything but perform a standup act that begins with, “Take Justin Upton…please.”

  4. djjackson81 - Jan 5, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Shit talk all you want Upton could be had and Dbacks keep moving on especially with a deal for Headley.

  5. djjackson81 - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Here ya go SD fair trade Upton for Headley quit half stepping

  6. yankeepunk3000 - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:57 AM

    to me if its a straight up trade then it amazingly good…on both sides…pads get an outfelider who not only can play great defense but has power and can hit to the gaps…plus a pretty goof average…they get him for 3 years too…D backs get their 3rd basemen and an easier contract for 2 years…both players will probally walk away from these teams at the end of their contracts so swapping them makes sense…GET IT DONE love watch Pads play out when I’m in SD.

  7. fiddytucker - Jan 6, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    @ yankeepunk3000
    That is all true & I agree with everything you stated,
    Cept for the “d”. Upton’s Defense sucks. He misjudged more fly outs than caught. I like j up but d is not the reason

  8. ptfu - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    If this happened, then the San Diego outfield would be Carlos Quentin, Cameron Maybin, and Upton. Not too shabby. And when Quentin is inevitably hurt, the serviceable Venable/Denorfia platoon is still around. Adding Upton would probably spell the end for people like Kyle Blanks and Jesus Guzman though.

    I hear Jedd Gyorko’s bat is about ready for the majors, and that his glove is kinda ugly. Anyone hear anything else about him?

    If only the Padres could find a middle infielder who could hit a little…

  9. djjackson81 - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Seems like a pretty close flip both teams will loose these dudes when contract expire. SD needs an outfielder Az needs a legit third basemen.

    • yahmule - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      And then San Diego will need a third basemen. Darnell is hasn’t proved anything except he can’t stay healthy. The Padres would regret making this deal.

  10. djjackson81 - Jan 6, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Man I’m actually tired of reading all the trade talks with Upton. SD called on Justin and Dbacks said it would have to be centered around Headley and SD said not trade able then the phone hung up thanks for calling but just like Texas they all want Upton but expect Az to say ok here ya go send us 100$……….

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