Pirates Have Had Very Few Conversations About Upton

Jim Bowden of ESPN has an article up looking at five trade proposals for Justin Upton of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Bowden starts off by mentioning that the Pittsburgh Pirates have had very few conversations with Diamondbacks’ GM Kevin Towers. Bowden notes that Neal Huntington called Towers, but it doesn’t sound any different from the calls he made to every other team shopping players.

Bowden also notes what we heard yesterday, that the Pirates don’t match up well with Arizona. He says that a third team would probably have to be involved for the Pirates to land Upton.

In the trade proposals section, Bowden had one proposal from the Pirates, sending Jameson Taillon and Starling Marte to Arizona. As I noted last week, that would likely have to be the foundation of any deal for the Pirates, with two other prospects included. However, we heard yesterday that Arizona is looking for major league players, which rules out prospects.

  • Bowden should be discussing his way of taking kickbacks on Dominican bonuses. His opinion on trades carries as much weight as Bonds does on drug testing.

  • I’m still too used to associating Towers with the Padres.

  • Dumb trade anyway – Taillon needs to stay in this organization – I’d much rather see Brad Lincoln go than Taillon… NO to Taillon, Cole, Heredia, Holmes

  • “Padres’ GM Kevin Towers” is the Diamondbacks’ GM Kevin Towers.

    Glad things aren’t moving forward, I wasn’t crazy about the trade anyway.

  • Kevin Towers is the GM in Arizona, not San Diego (not anymore at least).

  • Arizona needs to bite the bullet and deal with Upton and reach a common ground like the Dodgers did with Matt Kemp. Kemp followed up an off year and some malcontent up with last year’s MVP season. (I do not recognize the MVP from the team up north.)

  • pirateswillwinin2012
    July 12, 2012 4:16 pm

    going to get a nice frontline starter and hitter

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