Pirates Inquired about B.J. Upton, Billy Butler, and Shane Victorino
In his Sunday column, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes that the Pirates may have interest in the other Upton brother, this time B.J. from the Tampa Rays. He also mentions that they inquired about Billy Butler (1B) from the Royals and Shane Victorino (OF) from the Phillies. These little snippets were within a section on Justin Upton and how he has not drawn as much interest as expected.
The whole article is about how the sticker price for many players is outrageous right now. One NL front office member said his team inquired about a lefty pitcher and “…they asked us for our best pitching, best hitting, and a couple of other established players. I said, ‘Are you kidding me?’ That’s why I’m thinking despite all the talking, I’m not sure much is going to get done.”
Although the trade log jam was broken with the 10 player swap meet between the Astros and Blue Jays, followed by the Rockies-Royals Guthrie-for-Sanchez trade, perhaps the Brett Myers trade to the White Sox yesterday will kick off the true trade season this week.