PHOENIX -- Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero is hardly surprised that Justin Upton broke loose with a 12-home run April in his new Atlanta home. He has seen Upton flex before.
That does mean Upton would have done the same had he stayed in Sedona red, Montero said.
We all know he is capable of that,'' said Montero, who played with Upton from 2007 to 2012. "The big question mark, do you think he would be doing the same here? I dont know. I dont think so, because I dont think he was happy any more.
I know he loves the game, but I dont think he was happy any more. If he is not happy here, why keep a guy if he does not want to be here?
Upton was sent to Atlanta with Chris Johnson in seven-player deal that brought piece Martin Prado and four prospects on Jan. 24. Upton had been mentioned in trade talks the last three years, and Montero saw it take a toll.
All the trade rumors, I think that gets to the player," Montero said. "If the guy says he is not paying ...