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The Justin Upton Rumors Are Back

The Justin Upton Rumors Are Back

During the summer, there were rumors that the Arizona Diamondbacks were shopping Justin Upton. The Pittsburgh Pirates were one of the teams linked to Upton, although nothing came of the rumors and Arizona kept their young outfielder. In what seems to be an off-season tradition, the rumors that the Diamondbacks are shopping Upton have started again. Once again, the Pirates are involved, only this time as more of a darkhorse candidate.

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic has an update on five teams who could deal for Upton. He notes that the Rangers, Rays, Red Sox, Tigers, and Braves are the top possible suitors. He also lists the Royals and Pirates as sleeper candidates. Arizona is looking for a shortstop or a third baseman. The Pirates don't have a shortstop that could land Upton, and their third baseman is Pedro Alvarez, which could be counter productive in a trade. Piecoro's summary on the Pirates was interesting outside of Alvarez.
As for the Pirates, they were said to be pushi...

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