With Major League Baseball in the midst of its hot-stove season, there doesn't seem to be a single player across the sport more likely to change uniforms between now and the start of the season than Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton. The 25-year-old has been linked to a number of teams, most notably the Texas Rangers.
However, a recent blog post by ESPN.com's Dave Schoenfield suggested a different AL West home for Upton: The Seattle Mariners.
Here is Schoenfield's idea on a proposed three-team trade, via his November 23 post titled, "Five Blockbuster Trade Suggestions:
Arizona Diamondbacks trade RF Justin Upton and RHP Trevor Bauer and receive SS Asdrubal Cabrera, RHP Vinnie Pestano and OF Michael Saunders
Cleveland Indians trade SS Asdrubal Cabrera, OF Shin-Soo Choo and RHP Vinnie Pestano and receive RHP Trevor Bauer, LHP Danny Hultzen and RHP Hector Noesi
Seattle Mariners trade LHP Danny Hultzen, OF Michael Saunders and RHP Hector Noesi and receive RF Justin Upton and OF Shin-Soo Choo
While the concept behind Schoenfield's trade is nice, it isn't one to get many Diamondbacks fans riled up.
Cabrera would fill a position of need at shortstop for the Diamondbacks, but after Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal had suggested that Upton might be moved for Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus this off-season, acquiring Cabrera could easily be viewed as a letdown. It's the same for a little-used outfielder in Saunders or a bullpen arm in Pestano.
Upton but is also owed $9.75 million next season and over $14 million for 2014 and 2015, according to Rosenthal.
And it's because of his high salary that Arizona has tried to move him this off-season.