Justin Upton rumors: 3 teams reportedly active in trying to acquire D-backs star

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

In recent weeks all sorts of trade rumors have popped up in regards to Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton. The latest has the Mariners, Rangers and Indians most interested in the two-time All-Star.

For weeks, speculation has run rampant that the Arizona Diamondbacks will try and trade outfielder Justin Upton, and according to a tweet from Fox Sports' Jon Morosi, the three teams which have recently shown the most interest are the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and Cleveland Indians.

If a trade does go down, one team will be getting a very talented, but expensive 25-year-old outfielder. Upton is a two-time All-Star, but is coming off a bit of a disappointing 2012 season in which he hit just .280 with 17 home runs and 67 RBI. However, with a contract which will pay him $9.75 million in 2013, $14.25 million in 2014 and $14.5 million in 2015, Upton will also be pricey for any team interested in acquiring him.

For most of this off-season the leader in the Upton sweepstakes seems has appeared to be the Rangers. Morosi's Fox Sports colleague Ken Rosenthal has reported that the Diamondbacks are looking for a shortstop in return for Upton, with Texas' Elvis Andrus at the top of their wish-list.

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