Well, the Arizona Diamondbacks are getting what they wanted: a team full of gritty dirtballs.
Theyve traded center fielder Chris Young, right-hander Trevor Bauer and right fielder Justin Upton, all for questionable returns. Now lets see if they can win a World Series with their curious emphasis on toughness over talent.
Why even move Upton?
That has been the question ever since the Diamondbacks started trying to trade him in November 2010. Why were the D-backs willing to move a gifted young outfielder who was signed to an affordable long-term contract?
We have our answer now that Upton is headed to the Atlanta Braves in a seven-player trade. The answer actually is quite clear, no matter how the D-backs might try to spin this. Their actions this offseason and not just with Upton speak louder than any words.
The Diamondbacks want a certain type of player single-minded, outwardly intense, fierce. Cody Ross is that kind of player. Martin Prado is that kind of player. Upton is no...