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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.