Justin Upton Trade Rumors: Wednesday
Here are the latest rumors on Justin Upton, with any updates throughout the day added at the bottom.
**Last night, Buster Olney had the following tweet about how the Pirates match up with Arizona.
It still appears the Pirates and the Diamondbacks don't match up on a Justin Upton trade. PIT has pitching, but Ariz. priority is SS help.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 17, 2012
When they say shortstop help, I don’t think they’re talking Clint Barmes. The upper level options the Pirates have also wouldn’t fetch much. Jordy Mercer and Chase d’Arnaud would be average shortstops at best, while Brock Holt profiles more as a utility player. The best shortstop prospect in the system is Alen Hanson, although he’s several years away, and Arizona is looking for major league ready players.
**Bob Nightengale of USA Today says that Justin Upton will be traded, either by the deadline, or in the off-season. Buster Olney mentions that most of the interest in Upton has come from non-contending teams, which could make it likely that Arizona would have to wait until the off-season to make a deal.