The reported multi-team deal centered around the Arizona Diamondbacks' star outfielder, Justin Upton, hasn't progressed in talks very much, an official involved with the discussions told Ken Rosenthal on Friday.
Official involved in Upton talks: "Not dead. Never has been. But doesn't have more legs than two weeks ago." #Diamondbacks #Rangers #Rays— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 6, 2012
Upton was linked to a reported three- and four-team deal, involving the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays, with the Seattle Mariners joining in the fun as well.
The two-time All Star is coveted because he is young, has an established track record, and still has the potential to grow into the superstar many assume he will become. Upton hit .280 with 17 home runs and 67 RBI last year and is owed close to $40 million over the next three years.
Upton has been the subject of trade rumors and refusal of trade rumors for the past couple of years now. But with the Rangers potentially in the market for an outfielder if they don't re-sign Josh Hamilton, they could make a big push to acquire Upton's services. The Diamondbacks are reported to be very high on the Rangers' Elvis Andrus as a piece of the trade.