PHOENIX - JULY 20: Justin Upton #10 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a solo home run against the New York Mets during the thrid inning of the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on July 20 2010 in Phoenix Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Justin Upton Likely To Begin 2011 Season With Diamondbacks

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Justin Upton Trade From Diamondbacks Looking Increasingly Unlikely

While Justin Upton trade rumors dominated the internet for a good long while, they've recently lost a lot of steam, and Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers has said that he doesn't see Upton getting dealt.

Earlier Monday, on the first day of the MLB Winter Meetings in Florida, the Diamondbacks were able to trade third baseman Mark Reynolds to the Orioles in exchange for two young relievers. Reynolds was due to earn $5 million in 2011 and $7.5 million in 2012, and so sending him away will save the Diamondbacks a good amount of money.

With more money saved, there's less reason to trade Upton, and it's become apparent that other teams aren't falling all over themselves to offer the Diamondbacks the enormous package of value they've been seeking in return anyway.

It seems that Towers just wanted to test the market, and because the market didn't offer what he was looking for, he's pulled back. Upton will now almost certainly begin the 2011 season in Arizona, and he should continue to develop as one of the game's bright young talents.


Justin Upton Trade Rumors Losing Steam As Diamondbacks Hold Out For High Price

When Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said that he was listening to offers for young stud Justin Upton, it sent the baseball world into a tizzy, as teams tried to scrape together reasonable packages they could offer in exchange for a young star under a long-term contract. However, nothing has materialized as of yet, and according to Jon Heyman, the belief now is that there's less than a 50% chance that Upton ends up getting traded.

With the Winter Meetings beginning next Monday, Towers and the organization expect one final push, and they intend to know by the conclusion of the meetings on Thursday whether Upton will begin the 2011 season in Arizona. The Winter Meetings are where general managers get a lot of face time, and it's by far the most convenient opportunity to discuss and possibly swing a deal of this magnitude.

Teams like the Red Sox, Blue Jays, and Mariners would love to have Upton and possess the resources to get him, and one can expect them to at least check in with Towers again in the coming days. Ultimately, though, Towers' sky-high price could prove to be too much of a deterrent.


Justin Upton's No-Trade List Doesn't Include Mariners After All

A few days ago, it was reported that the Seattle Mariners were showing interest in outfielder Justin Upton. Shortly thereafter, it was noted that the Mariners are actually on Upton's limited no-trade list. However, in an interesting twist, the agency that represents Upton has gone on record as pointing out that this isn't true - that the Mariners aren't on the list after all.

Being included on a no-trade list isn't the end all or be all of anything, as no-trade clauses can be waived by the player. What makes this interesting is the reasoning behind the announcement by Reynolds Sports. There has been broad speculation that the agency made this announcement for a reason, as agencies don't usually go out of their way to address rumors regarding their clients.

Whatever the case, while Justin Upton does have a limited no-trade list, the Mariners aren't on it. Rumors continue to swirl.


Justin Upton's Four-Team No Trade List Includes Mariners

The Justin Upton trade rumors have been swirling for a little while, now, with as many as 15 teams checking in, from the Red Sox to the Blue Jays to the Mariners. One of the obstacles in anything getting done is the sky-high price the Diamondbacks have (justifiably) placed on the young outfielder. One of the other obstacles? Upton's limited no-trade list. The list names four teams, and one of them is none other than those same Seattle Mariners.

The others, according to Ken Rosenthal, are the A's, the Tigers, and the Royals. Previous reports included the Indians instead of the Mariners, but that is evidently incorrect.

It's unclear why Upton has listed the teams that he has. Additionally, a player is free to waive his no-trade clause, meaning that an Upton trade to, say, Seattle wouldn't be impossible. But it is a stumbling block, and it makes a trade to one of those four teams less likely.

Don't expect these rumors to go away any time soon, as Upton is a valuable impact piece in a limited market.


Justin Upton Trade Rumors Expand To Mariners, Others

Last week, Justin Upton trade rumors started to swirl, as Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers made it known that he was listening to offers for the 23-year-old potential superstar. And, courtesy of Nick Cafardo, we learn that the Red Sox and Blue Jays aren't the only teams with strong interest.

Any team, of course, would be ecstatic to have a player like Upton signed to his long-term contract. But not every team is willing to consider paying what Arizona wants to get for him. Cafardo names the Red Sox and Blue Jays, who have both the resources and the need. He also names the Mariners, Marlins, and Royals as having "considerable interest".

Upton would be an acquisition who's expensive in talent but cheap in price, relative to the return. He's due just $49.5 million over the next five years, topping out at $14.5 million in 2015. Because of his youth, talent, and contract, the Diamondbacks will be seeking nothing short of an absolute haul in return, presumably including at least two young Major League-ready assets. Each of the teams listed has the young players necessary to pull off a trade, but we can't know the degree of their interest from the outside.

Given the wide demand and the infrequency with which a player like Upton is traded, discussions could take place over the next several weeks, if not months, and it's entirely possible that Upton comes out of this offseason still wearing an Arizona uniform.


Justin Upton Trade Rumors Swirling With Red Sox, Blue Jays Among Suitors

Justin Upton is a lot of things. He's 23 years old. He's a right fielder. He's B.J. Upton's brother. He's incredibly talented. He's signed to a long-term contract. And, evidently, he's available in trades, with new Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers listening to offers and thinking about a major shake-up.

Since Ken Rosenthal's initial report that Arizona was listening to suitors, as many as 15 teams have expressed some level of interest. Some of the strongest interest has come from the Red Sox and Blue Jays. The Red Sox currently have Upton on the backburner, but have the resources necessary to bring him over. And the Blue Jays have made a strong push, and have a wealth of young pitchers that could catch Arizona's eye.

The Diamondbacks say they're confident something could get worked out. A major obstacle, though, is the asking price. Rosenthal says Towers wants four prospects, presumably close to being Major League-ready. And Towers himself has said that he wants to win any trade that gets made, and that he's looking to sell Upton to someone who would overpay. Upton will not be had cheaply, which will ultimately drive many teams away.

But there's a reason his price is so high. Upton just turned 23 in August, he has a career .824 OPS, he's a good athlete with all the tools in the world, and he's signed through 2015 for just $49.5 million. He's an elite-level talent signed to a team-friendly contract, which makes him one of the most valuable assets in the game. The Diamondbacks are treating him as such, and rightly so.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream as the Upton rumors develop. There's no guarantee that anything gets done, and Arizona has no obligation to trade him away, but if something does happen, it'll be big.

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