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The Cubs talked to the Diamondbacks about Justin Upton

Jan 19, 2013, 8:56 AM EDT

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Justin Upton recently rejected a trade that would have sent him to the Mariners, but the Diamondbacks continue to shop him aggressively.

According to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago, the Cubs and Diamondbacks recently discussed a possible trade involving Upton. However, talks quickly fizzled when Arizona asked for shortstop Starlin Castro in return.

Interestingly, the Cubs are also on Upton’s limited no-trade list along with the Mariners, Red Sox and Blue Jays. It’s possible that the Cubs are on there for leverage and not because he doesn’t want to play there. Either way, it doesn’t sound like the two sides are a match.

Upton, 25, has three years and $38 million left on his contract. The Rangers, Braves and Mets are among the clubs who have been linked to him recently.

  1. cowboysoldiertx - Jan 19, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    I think the Rangers are saving their prospects for a run at Stanton and/or Price.

  2. dan1111 - Jan 19, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Starlin Castro??? I’m sure that’s exactly what Epstein had in mind: “What I really need to do to improve our team is trade away our star player to get less than half as many seasons of a player who is virtually the same, only older”.

    • vox vetus - Jan 19, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      towers did the same thing w texas by demanding andrus for upton. he doesn’t seem to give a crap what makes sense for the other team.

      • dan1111 - Jan 19, 2013 at 12:43 PM

        I don’t get it. I understand that teams often take the stance of “we’ll only trade this player if we get blown away by an offer”, but it sure seems like the D-Backs are determined to trade Upton. One would think they would lower their asking price a bit.

      • kindasporty - Jan 19, 2013 at 12:52 PM

        It’s kind of like that line from Fast Times at Ridgemont High, ” you put the vibe out to 30 million chicks, something is gonna happen”. All it takes is one GM to do something stupid and you come out ahead.

  3. Ben - Jan 19, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    I’m starting to wonder if the only person who hasn’t talked to Arizona about trading for Justin Upton is my mom.

    • baccards - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      Maybe she has – Do you buy her presents on her birthday and Mothers day?

      • Ben - Jan 19, 2013 at 12:11 PM

        Pretty sure I did, although it was a bit weird that she asked me and brothers for our most recent physicals..

    • cowboysoldiertx - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      He demanded your Mom’s car, house, and cupcakes for Upton. She wisely declined.

      • paperlions - Jan 19, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        Yeah, the cupcakes should have been enough, add in some sprinkles and that seems like a pretty even deal. I figure a dozen cupcakes/week left on Upton’s contract is about even value.

  4. dondada10 - Jan 19, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Upton the the Cubs makes about as much sense as Upton to the Mets: none. Neither team should deal prospects until they’re 1-2 players away.

    • derklempner - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:43 AM

      I think any team at any time, regardless of whether or not the team is in “rebuilding” mode, should be willing to trade away prospects for proven players.

      Prospects are just that: prospects. Proven players are already a known commodity, and their declining significantly in value is less likely than a prospect turning out to be a dud.

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