Found July 09, 2012 on Mets Merized Online:
In the first edition of a new feature here on Metsmerized, Jessep and XtreemIcon argue their cases for and against Justin Upton who is once again on the trading block for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and this time it sounds like they mean it. The talented young outfielder is only 24, but there’s a good case on both sides of the debate and the choice is not as easy as it seems.  I’m All For Adding Justin Upton By XtreemIcon Trading for Justin Upton is certainly not a no-brainer, nor is it very likely the D-Backs would trade him while still only four games out of first place. That said, if the Mets have a serious offer to make, they should be very vocal in their interest. Upton is one of the most talented, well-rounded players and solves several of the issues the Mets need to address to become serious contenders. Upton provides outstanding outfield defense and power from the right side. Keep in mind, however, Arizona is an extreme hitter’s park and there would be a significant drop-off...

How much can D-backs get for Upton?

The Diamondbacks are willing to trade right fielder Justin Upton even if they are in contention, according to major league sources. However, to make such a deal, the D-backs would need to be "dazzled" by a rival team's offer, sources say. The D-backs essentially are taking the same approach toward trading Upton that they did during the 2010-11 offseason, shortly after...

Could Justin Upton be on the Detroit Tigers’ radar?

The Arizona Diamondbacks have made it clear in recent days that they will entertain trade offers for their star right fielder Justin Upton. Is it possible that he’d be a fit with the Detroit Tigers and could they put together a strong enough package to make it happen? First, we must look at the D-backs’ [...]

Pricing Justin Upton

Justin Upton might be the most valuable player in baseball, all things considered. He’ll turn 25 in August and he’s signed through the 2015 season. Upton might have the highest offensive ceiling of any player in the game. When he’s hitting, it’s fun to watch. From a scouting perspective, he has all the tools you want to see in a player, and has an advanced approach...

Report: Pirates Inquire on Justin Upton

Jon Paul Mororsi of FoxSports is reporting that the Pirates having inquired on adding Justin Upton and Carlos Quentin via trade. The first place Pirates are on pace to break their 19 year losing streak, and the addition of another power bat in the lineup could be a key to making the playoffs. Upton has been a disappointment in Arizona this season after his breakout campaign in...

Morosi: Pirates interested in Justin Upton and Carlos Quentin

I've had this feeling for about two weeks that the time between the All-Star Break and the trade deadline is going to be an intense period of time for Pirate fans. I mentioned it in this post; whatever happens in this season happens, but it seems clear to me that we've entered a new phase in the Neal Huntington plan; a phase where the front office moves from straight talent...

D-backs reportedly will listen to trade offers for Justin Upton

The Diamondbacks reportedly will consider trading Justin Upton if they fall out of contention in the NL West, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi report. Upton was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 MLB Draft and made it to the big leagues as a 19-year-old in 2007. He put together strong seasons in 2009 and 2011, making the All-Star team both seasons and finishing fourth...

D-backs listening on Upton, but unlikely to bite

PHOENIX So Justin Upton is available. Put that in the same file as the sun rises daily. Bulletin: Kevin Towers has been known to make a trade. Check the resume. Towers wife and his three bulldogs are safe, but everything else is negotiable. That being said, Upton is almost certainly going nowhere but into his usual No. 3 spot in the batting order when the second half of the Diamondbacks...

Trade Deadline Primer: Available right fielders

  The trade deadline is a few weeks away, so the rumor mill is about to heat up.  To prep you for the coming trade season, we're providing a primer on who the top available trade targets could be as get closer to July 31st. Ah, right fielders....the primary arbiters of SMASHY SMASHY! I'm not sure if there's going to be much of an impact player moved at the...

Sources: Pirates look to add offense

The Pittsburgh Pirates are in first place. Clearly, they intend to stay there. Major-league sources told the Pirates have had preliminary trade discussions regarding two power-hitting outfielders, San Diego's Carlos Quentin and Arizona's Justin Upton. Talent evaluators from those two clubs have scouted Pittsburgh's minor-league affiliates in recent days...

Trade rumors: Rodriguez, Upton and Scutaro

Here's a running list of trade rumors around the Major Leagues: – The Baltimore Orioles have been kicking the tires on Wandy Rodriguez according to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports. He adds that General Manager, Dan Duquette, have been contacting “lots of teams.” – The Arizona Diamondbacks are preparing for both trade scenarios (buying and selling), but if they become sellers...

Finishing strong

The Pirates are guaranteed to go into the All-Star Break in first place and in the last 12 hours or so the conversation has shifted from the Pirates themselves to Andrew McCutchen in the home run derby and the trade deadline (Justin Upton's name does that, and I don't have a problem with it), but they still have one game left before the break starts. It's a winnable...

Trade rumors: Upton, Quentin, Hamels, Fuentes and Tigers

Here's a running list of trade rumors around the Major Leagues: – Even though they're still contenders, the Arizona Diamondbacks are willing to trade outfielder Justin Upton, but only if they're “dazzled” by an offer according to a source close to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports. Rosenthal adds that General Manager, Kevin Towers, “is willing to listen on virtually...
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