Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton continues to be shopped around this offseason, as he's a hot name that could really land the D-Backs some crucial players to try and continue making an upward push.
There is one potential deal that could be in the making, although the logistics could get a little complicated. Buster Olney has more about Arizona's efforts at trying to get a player from across their division.
As of this evening, Diamondbacks are not close to a Justin Upton trade. Some of the teams that have expressed interest are non-contenders.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 17, 2012
Arizona is among those interested in Chase Headley, but keep in mind: Padres and D-Backs have strained relations, complicating deal-making.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 17, 2012
You might be wondering about why there might be strain between the Diamondbacks and the Padres? Well, Padres owner Jeff Moorad was once the Diamondbacks owner, and Diamondback general manager Kevin Towers was once the Padres general manager. So there's a bit of cross-matching that might elevate tensions between the two organizations in trying to make any sort of deal.
There's no denying Headley's value. He's currently putting up splits of .266 batting average, .364 OBP, and .423 slugging percentage. The third baseman/left fielder could really find his way into the lineup.
Talk about Upton trade rumors with Diamondbacks fans at Arizona Snake Pit, and talk about Headley trade rumors with Padres fans at Gaslamp Ball.
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