Justin Upton Trade Talks Continue

by kelly on January 7, 2013

The Diamondbacks don’t appear close to dealing young slugger Justin Upton yet, but teams continue to discuss him with Arizona’s front office and a deal involving him still looks like a real possibility before pitchers and catchers report to spring training next month.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweeted this morning that the Mets are the latest team to get in on the Upton talks, but the price is likely too steep for them.

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The Padres, Mariners, Braves, and Rangers continue to talk with the D-Backs about Upton as well. Many of these teams have also been linked to free agent outfielder Michael Bourn, so we can assume that Upton talks will ramp up after Bourn signs. As the market shrinks and teams get more desperate, these things can move pretty quickly.

The 25-year-old two-time All Star Upton is signed through 2015 and will make $9.75 million this year, with his salary escalating over the next two seasons. Last season he hit .280 with 17 home runs and 67 RBI.

The Diamondbacks are shopping 30-year-old outfielder Jason Kubel as well, but teams are all but ignoring him and choosing to pursue Upton instead, which is understandable given his talent. The D-Backs have already dealt one outfielder and signed one outfielder this offseason. They sent Chris Young to the A’s back in October, and then signed free agent Cody Ross to a three-year deal just before Christmas.

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