Justin Upton Unlikely to be Traded

Scott Bordow of the Arizona Republic has an update on Justin Upton, noting that it is unlikely the Arizona outfielder will be dealt. Arizona owner Ken Kendricks noted in the article that it is a “reasonable assumption” that Upton will be with the team the rest of the season. He also offered the following quote.

“I think we’re better off with him on our team,” Kendrick said. “I this whole thing has gotten way more attention than it deserves.”

The Pirates have been said to have Upton at the top of their wish list, although they’re hesitant to deal Jameson Taillon or Gerrit Cole to get him. That would make a deal difficult, as Arizona could easily command a Cole or Taillon type prospect, plus a Starling Marte type prospect for Upton. The Diamondbacks don’t have to trade Upton now. He has three years of control remaining beyond the 2012 season, so they could opt to deal him in the off-season.

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    Only shot we have at Upton will be if we strikeout trying to get another player, and it comes down to the deadline and he Panics and gets rid of Taillon and Marte.

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