Posted January 11, 2013 on
AP on Fox
Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton vetoed a trade to the Seattle Mariners, a person with knowledge of the situation said Thursday.
The person asked to remain anonymous because Upton's decision had not been made public. Upton's contract gave him the power to turn down a trade to a short list of cities, Seattle included.
The Diamondbacks have a glut of outfielders and Upton, a former All-Star, is by far the most marketable. He is coming off a subpar season in which he was bothered by a thumb injury.
Upton's rejection of the trade first was reported by FoxSports.com, which said Seattle offered four players in the deal - relievers Charlie Furbush and Stephen Pryor, infield prospect Nick Franklin, and one of three pitching prospects; James Paxton, Danny Hultzen or Taijuan Walker.
Even though he is just 25 years old, Upton has played five full major league seasons, so his best years could well be ahead of him. Last season he hit .280 with 17 home runs and 67 RBIs but did score a career-high 107 runs. In 2011, while helping Arizona to its surprising NL West crown, Upton hit .289, with 31 home runs and 88 RBIs, the latter two categories are career bests. Overall, he's a career .278 hitter with 108 home runs.
The younger brother of major leaguer B.J. Upton, Justin was the first overall pick in the 2005 amateur draft. He has three years and $38.5 million left on his contract, making him highly affordable by today's salary standards.
While Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers has consistently downplayed the talk, there has been speculation about Upton's possible trade throughout the offseason. That talk will only increase with word that Arizona had a deal with Seattle.
The chances that someone - most likely Upton or left fielder Jason Kubel - would be traded grew when the Diamondbacks signed free agent outfielder Cody Ross. That gave Arizona four veteran outfielders - Upton, Ross, Kubel and Gerardo Parra, as well as two rookies the organization feels are ready for the big leagues - Adam Eaton and A.J. Pollock. Eaton, particularly, has drawn praise from Towers as the team's leadoff batter of the future. Trading Chris Young to Florida appeared at the time to clear the way for Eaton in center.
Diamondbacks pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Scottsdale on Feb. 11. Position players report three days later.
Recent activity suggests Upton, for the first time in his career, could well be elsewhere.
Follow Bob Baum at www.twitter.com/Thebaumerphx
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
The Arizona Diamondbacks have talked about trading Justin Upton for quite some time now. There was a lot of talk around the trade deadline and at the winter meetings but nothing has gone through. The D-Backs were said to be looking for a major league ready shortstop in any deal for Upton. They got the … Continue reading »
Justin Upton is still a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks, but not for a lack of effort by the D-Backs in trying to move him.
The Diamondbacks were in agreement on a trade that would have sent Upton to the Seattle Mariners, but the two-time All-Star rejected the proposed deal, major-league sources say.
The Mariners are one of four clubs on Upton's no-trade list, according...
The New York Mets are once again interested in Arizona
Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton, but it is a “longshot” that the team will
give up enough prospects to acquire the slugger, according to Marc Carig of
Sources say the Mets are again interested in trading for Justin Upton. But it's a longshot that they'll give up enough prospects for a deal.
Yesterday, the Arizona Diamondbacks got an offer for Justin Upton that they would say yes to, as the Seattle Mariners reportedly agreed to ship Taijuan Walker, Nick Franklin, Charlie Furbush, and Stephen Pryor to the D’Backs in exchange for their young right fielder. Today, Justin Upton is still a Diamondback, because he used his limited no-trade clause to block the deal, as Seattle...
The Mariners continue to push for more offense, but there are times they experience a push back. Seattle made an offer to Arizona for the services of two-time All-Star Justin Upton, but after the Diamondbacks agreed, the veteran outfielder invoked the no-trade clause in contract to shoot the Mariners down. So desperate is Seattle for a middle-of-the-lineup hitter that general...
One of the worst kept secrets in New York is that the Mets are in desperate need of an outfielder with major league talent.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are brimming with such players and have been trying hard to trade beleaguered but talented outfielder Justin Upton. Seems like a perfect fit, right?
Not exactly. The Diamondbacks are looking for major league ready players, the Mets don’t...
According to Marc Craig of Newsday, the New York Mets are once again interested in Arizona Diamondbacks slugger, Justin Upton, though sources believe it’s a long shot:
In a post to Newsday, Craig writes:
“The Mets have revived discussions of a trade for the Diamondbacks’ Justin Upton, two people with knowledge of the situation said Friday. However, doubts linger about whether...
Updated by Joe D. on 1/11 at 3:00 PM
So all of a sudden the Mets could be looking to do something significant at the major league level. If true, it would be a first for Alderson since he got here. After Justin Upton gave the thumbs down on the potential Seattle deal, rumors abound that the Mets are reengaging Arizona on the 25 year old star.
The Mets had previously attempted to...
Ben and Sam discuss the rejected trade that would have made Justin Upton a Mariner.
Updated by Joe D. on 1/12 at 10:00 AM
A team source tells the NY Post:
“Those were some big names,” one source said of the deal Upton nixed because Seattle is part of his no-trade clause. “There were some quality arms. I don’t see us moving in that direction if that’s what they’re asking for and almost got.”
Like I was saying last night…
Updated by Joe D. on 1/11...
Earlier this evening, Justin Upton rejected a trade using the power of his limited no-trade clause to Seattle. The deal that was in place involved a large package of young talent. From MLBTR…
The Mariners offered a four-player package to the D’Backs, according to Scott Miller of CBS Sports. Arizona would have received Nick Franklin, Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor and one...
By now, the news is old: last night, Justin Upton declined a trade that would have send the Diamondbacks superstar outfielder to the Mariners in exchange for a package of four players (Taijuan Walker, Nick Franklin, Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor). Seattle is one of four teams on Upton's no-trade list, along with the Cubs, Red Sox, and Blue Jays. Questions remain about just why...
How are your new years resolutions coming along? Are they still going strong eleven days in? I’m not sure if the Padres front office made any resolutions this year, but if they did I’m sure it’s been broken already. Actually, I’m not even sure there is a front office with how quiet it has been. I take that back, there have been some whispers coming from the front office,...