We heard earlier today that the Diamondbacks and Rangers were involved in four-team trade discussions and that Justin Upton’s name was being thrown around, but Jon Heyman tweets now that the Rangers are really pushing hard for Upton. If they can work something out, it won’t necessarily be a part of a four-team deal.
The Diamondbacks have been adamant about getting a shortstop in return for Upton in a deal, but the Rangers are probably very hesitant to move either Elvis Andrus or Jurickson Profar, which is why getting another team or two involved makes sense. The team has already said they plan to move second baseman Ian Kinsler to first base so Profar can play second and Andrus can stick at shortstop, so you’d think their infield is set and they won’t want to change that.
The 25-year-old slugger Upton would be a great addition to a Texas team that has seen Mike Napoli sign elsewhere and Josh Hamilton field offers on the free agent market.