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First Pitch: The Question Marks Surrounding Justin Upton

First Pitch: The Question Marks Surrounding Justin Upton

It was a week ago today that I wrote about why I wouldn't trade for Justin Upton. The main reason was that the price in prospects would be too high, although other reasons included the limited resources for small market teams (Upton would cost an average of $12 M a year).

Today we heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates were emerging as serious bidders for Upton. In those same rumors, we heard that they weren't willing to deal Gerrit Cole or Jameson Taillon, but that they were willing to deal Starling Marte.

That changes a lot in the Upton discussion. If the Pirates could manage to get Upton, and Marte was the only big piece they had to give up, then it's almost a no brainer. I don't see that happening, unless Arizona agreed with Brad Lincoln's trade value and took him as the second part of the deal.

Because a trade centered around Marte as the only top piece would be such a good deal, it raises questions. If the Pirates could get Justin Upton, considered one of the best young players in ...

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