The Diamondbacks could trade Justin Upton today if they wanted. Their inaction has nothing to do with lack of interest from the market. It's the return that's lacking.
The D-backs have said they would need to be bowled over: A deal that includes a top-of-the-rotation starter and an elite shortstop or third baseman, all of whom are controllable for at least as long as the three years remaining on Upton's contract, would be a start.
No team has ponied up yet, and the D-backs are getting the sense that no one will.
"I don't see anything happening with Justin," D-backs managing partner Ken Kendrick said Thursday.
"If we were looking to trade Justin, there is a significant market for him. He is very valued," Kendrick said. But at this point, "those things do not seem remotely possible."
So it appears safe to pencil Upton into the D-backs lineup for the rest of the season, with free agents-to-be Stephen Drew and possibly Joe Saunders the most likely trade candidates by the July 31 no...