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Pirates Interested in Justin Upton

Pirates Interested in Justin Upton

Yesterday we heard from Ken Rosenthal at Fox Sports that the Pittsburgh Pirates were interested in Carlos Quentin and Shane Victorino. Today, Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports is reporting that the Pirates are also interested in Justin Upton.

Upton is considered one of the best young players in the game. He's also under team control through the 2015 season. Morosi mentions that Upton would cost a lot, and that the question is whether Neal Huntington would part with the necessary pieces. To get an idea of what Upton would cost, let's look at his trade value.
Justin Upton Trade Value

Year
Salary
WAR
FA Value
Surplus Value

2012
$6,750,000
5.0
$25,200,000
$6,600,000

2013
$9,750,000
5.0
$25,200,000
$15,500,000

2014
$14,250,000
5.0
$25,200,000
$11,000,000

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