For the Arizona Diamondbacks, each offseason has one similarity - the topic of Justin Upton being traded and then Justin Upton being pulled of the table.
After the Texas Rangers reportedly put together a package to land the talented outfielder, the Diamondbacks were quick to refute. Now, general manager Kevin Towers said Upton is most likely not going to move.
#Dbacks Upton almost certain not to move now, GM Towers said.— Jack Magruder (@JackMagruder) December 12, 2012
Ken Rosenthal said the Rangers were more aggressively pursuing Upton after losing out on Zack Grienke, but weren't willing to part with Elvis Andrus - said to be high on the Diamondbacks wish list. Due to a lot of attractive options, Towers can also command a treasure-trove haul in a trade for Upton.
#Dbacks Towers says he has not heard a deal with Upton that makes them a better team and he doesn't think that's going to happen.— Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) December 12, 2012
Just 25 years old, Upton is a prime candidate for a lot of teams looking to make a splash because he has the talent (fourth in NL MVP voting in 2011) that comes with a bargain deal nowadays ($38.5 million over the next three years).