Want to know why Justin Upton still might get traded?
- The Arizona Diamondbacks have a surplus of outfielders after signing Cody Ross to a three-year, $26 million free-agent contract.
- At least three teams -- the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners and Atlanta Braves -- have expressed strong interest in Upton, according to major-league sources.
- Jason Kubel, the other outfielder whom the D-backs could move, is under club control for only one more season, and carries less trade value than Upton.
The Diamondbacks, though, continue to send mixed signals about their intentions. Some in the industry say that the club prefers to trade Kubel. Others, however, insist that the team wants to move Upton.
The Mariners, in particular, are eager -- some say desperate -- to add a hitter. They have checked in on all of the big bats, from the Los Angeles Dodgers' Andre Ethier to the Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton, sources say. They also have had dialogue with Scott Boras, th...