Originally posted on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 1/13/13
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 is one of four teams he can’t be traded to without his consent. In the aftermath of the news, sentiment seemed to coalesce around the idea that the Mariners were significantly overpaying for Upton. For instance: Upton rejected deal, and by doing so, one source said, “saved Jack Z’s job.” Package from #Mariners to #DBacks first reported by @scottmcbs. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 11, 2013 One executive says #mariners were “clearly overpaying” for Upton and are “fortunate” trade with #dbacks fell through. — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) January 11, 2013 A front office friend of mine shared a similar
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