Justin Upton Rumors: Wednesday

A lot of Justin Upton rumors over the last 24 hours from Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.

**Yesterday, Piecoro said that the Pittsburgh Pirates were interested in Upton, but that they don’t match up well with the Diamondbacks.

**Piecoro also said in that article that the Diamondbacks still valued Upton as a star, and wouldn’t move him for 75 cents on the dollar.

**Today, Piecoro looks at the reasoning behind trading Upton, noting that the motives are still unclear. He also says that the Diamondbacks would be more likely to deal for major leaguers.

That last part adds to the mystery surrounding the Upton talks. People view Upton as a piece that can help now, and in the future. He’s played like a star in the past, although he’s currently in a down year. If Arizona is focused on winning now, then why would they deal a player of his perceived value? It would make sense if they’re looking to load up on high upside prospects. But if they’re looking for major league players, that wouldn’t make much sense. They’d be better off sticking with Upton, unless there’s a reason to move on from Upton.

This also explains why the Pirates don’t match up well with Arizona. The most valuable pieces the Pirates have for a trade would be Pedro Alvarez or James McDonald. Trading either player would end up being a wash. Whatever value Upton would bring to the table, they’d lose by creating a hole on the 25-man roster. Brad Lincoln might have some value, and we’ve heard Arizona is interested in him, but you’re still going to need other players to swing a deal, and the Pirates don’t really have enough value in the majors to get a guy like Upton, without losing an equal amount of value from their current team.

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  • http://twitter.com/halvybuckets Halvy Buckets

    In a dream world…
    Pedro, lincoln, owens and pressley for upton.

    Taillon for chase headley.

    • Jon Stewart

      Those trades are terrible

    • Jon Stewart

      Those trades are terrible

    • http://www.facebook.com/kincaid.koehler Kincaid Koehler

      Taillon for chase headley????
      Please tell me thats a joke

    • http://www.facebook.com/kincaid.koehler Kincaid Koehler

      Taillon for chase headley????
      Please tell me thats a joke

    • Greatone1210

      Dream world is more like a nightmare.

    • http://twitter.com/buccoboy22 Sam Talarigo

      I actually laughed hard. Your dream must be Nightmare

  • http://twitter.com/halvybuckets Halvy Buckets

    In a dream world…
    Pedro, lincoln, owens and pressley for upton.

    Taillon for chase headley.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Dimmick/100000318490900 Steve Dimmick

    Trade for Parra, give them Presley and Lincoln or Resop or Cruz

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Dimmick/100000318490900 Steve Dimmick

    Trade for Parra, give them Presley and Lincoln or Resop or Cruz

  • http://www.facebook.com/peter.gozenya.39 Peter Gozenya

    Lincoln, Hanrahan and Tabata for Upton

  • http://www.facebook.com/peter.gozenya.39 Peter Gozenya

    Lincoln, Hanrahan and Tabata for Upton

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Todd-Rainey/100000507146139 Todd Rainey

    I dont think this trade will happen , but a good 3 team deal to think about it is .:
    Pirates : Upton
    Diamondbacks : lincoln headley hanson
    Padres : taillon

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Todd-Rainey/100000507146139 Todd Rainey

    I dont think this trade will happen , but a good 3 team deal to think about it is .:
    Pirates : Upton
    Diamondbacks : lincoln headley hanson
    Padres : taillon

  • st1300b

    I have no interest in letting any of our stud starters go – Taillon, Cole, Heredia, McPherson, Wilson, Clay Holmes, Kingham…Owens I’m on the fence. I may be missing a few guys who have serious stuff – but these guys stay in the system IMO and we add to them with starting with Appel.
    If you want to trade, I think guys like Jeff Clement, Hauge, D’Arnaud, are guys you can afford to move – along with marginal to good arms like Morris, Locke, Wood.
    What do you get back for them… I’m not sure, but I don’t give up the big guns who toss it 95-100mph… sorry NO WAY!!!

  • ElGaupo77

    Upton:

    Home – 1180 AB .302/.385/.589
    Away – 1210 AB .251/.328/.417

    - He’s an average OF away from Chase.

    - He’s not being paid league minimum, he’s being paid an average of $12M a year over the next 3 years.

    We’re not going to break the bank for this guy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/terrbeargray Terry Gray

    McGehee, Lincoln, Correia, Tabata, Mercer. A 3B, RP, SP, a replacement for Upton, and a SS. All ML ready.

  • http://twitter.com/hoosierIUdaddy Chris O’Rorke

    the move is clearly moving J Mac. 27yrs old. look at it this way you traded Dotel to get him, parlay that good trade to this good trade to get a CORNERSTONE for years to come. when you sign Appel that gives another arm moving quickly through the system. im not worried about arms [knock on wood] and you need to time that with the slowly improving batting lineup and when it meets you have a championship ballclub, something i’ve never seen in my life here in Pittsburgh.

    Tabata
    McDonald
    Kingham or Holmes
    Locke, Wilson, or Owens or McGehee and Hanson

    need to slowly reshape rotation for when the fantastic four (cole, j-mo, appel, heredia) come up in 2-3 years. all of them. i despise Karstens with every ounce of my body but i am absolutely okay with him in the 3-4 slot in the meantime, Lincoln could be number 5 until Cole arrives next June at the latest. Correia sucks waste of 4m per year.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kincaid.koehler Kincaid Koehler

      I don’t know whats more shocking… the fact that you want to trade one of the top 5 pitchers in the NL this year or that you think Heredia is going to be ready to pitch in the big leagues at 19 years old.

  • dcn3569

    Lincoln, J-Hey, One of the Indy LHP and Grossman for Upton!!