Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 12/4/12
NASHVILLE Seattle was one of the suitors when Justin Upton was available at the 2010 winter meetings, and it appears the Mariners interest has not waned. The D-backs and Mariners met Monday night, sources with knowledge of the D-backs said, with Upton the major piece in discussion. Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik has made it clear that ace right-hander Felix Hernandez is not on the market, but everyone else in a deep Marinerssystem could be available. With shortstop on their mind, the D-backs appear to be interested in former No. 1 draft pick Nick Franklin as a piece of a multi-player return package. The Mariners have some quality minor league pitching prospects in Taijuan Walker, Danny Hultzen and James Paxton, but that also is a strength of the D-backs system. The D-backs also have had plenty of dialogue regarding left fielder Jason Kubel, who is attractive to teams looking for outfielders because of his offensive production and his team-friendly contract. Kubel had 30 home runs and 90 RBI in his first season with the D-backs in 2012, and he is owed only 7.5 million in 2013. He also has a 7.5 team million option with a 1 million buyout for 2014. D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said at this postseason briefing that the D-backs would like to get more athletic, and moving Kubel would free Gerardo Parra to be the everyday left fielder. Zduriencik told the Seattle media on Monday that he would trade prospects if it meant upgrading the major league roster. "If you can look at a scenario where you take a weakness and make it a strength, that's something you have to entertain," Zduriencik said. "I don't have a desire to trade these guys. I'd be tickled pink to continue this plan and let them all become big leaguers for us and see what they're going to be. But you can't shut the door on an opportunity to improve your club for the short term and the long term. Franklin, who played in the Arizona Fall League this winter, was a 2009 first-round pick out of high school whose career has been stunted by unusual circumstances. He missed time in 2011 with a concussion after a teammates bat struck him during batting practice, and he later contracted mononucleosis. He has above-average power for a middle infielder, scouts say, and hit seven homers in 64 games at Class AAA Tacoma last season, his first stint in Triple-A. Walker was a sandwich pick in 2010 and played in the 2102 Futures Game. He was 7-10 with a 4.69 ERA last year while pitching in Double A as a 19-year-old. Hultzen was the second player taken in the 2011 draft, one pick before Trevor Bauer. He was 9-7 with a 3.05 ERA while splitting time between Double A and Triple A. Follow Jack Magruder on Twitter
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Australian athletes evacuate the Olympic village after fire

Russian weightlifting team banned from Rio

Wade says Riley did not push him out of Miami

Nationals among multiple teams inquiring on Mark Melancon

McClain does not show up for Cowboys’ training camp

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Andre Johnson agrees to two-year deal with Titans

Redskins GM injures hand punching wall in frustration

Report: Aldon Smith checks into rehab

McCarthy discusses 'urgency’ to win another title with Rodgers

Report: Lions extend CB Darius Slay with $50 million deal

Adam Jones: Bengals dominated Steelers in playoff game

Storyline from 'Ballers' plays out in Cowboys preseason camp

Texas A&M creates a very sexist version of their fight song for women

Brown, Marshall are apparently serious about their car bet

Lacy, Starks could split carries to start season

Cyborg Santos post-surgery skull photos are eerie

Dr. Phil calls out the Patriots for their cheating ways

Hockey team unveils Clinton, Trump bobbleheads

Bennett compares chemistry with Pats QBs to his love life

Crowell still making amends for controversial Instagram post

Report: LeBron urged Justin Bieber not to perform at RNC

Luck refutes Matt Hasselbeck’s assertion he never showers

Newspaper editor explains use of Jordan meme for MJ article

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Dr. Phil calls out the Patriots for their cheating ways

Everything that's already gone wrong at the Rio Olympics

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker