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.