The Texas Rangers were willing to trade former top prospect
Mike Olt to the Atlanta Braves for shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who the team
would then have flipped in a package to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for
outfielder Justin Upton, reports Danny Knobler of CBBSports.com.
Rangers wanted Upton enough that they tried to trade Olt for ATL's Simmons (who AZ wants). Braves wouldn't do it, tho.
— DKnobler (@DKnobler) November 12, 2012
Knobler goes on to note that if the Braves had any interest
in trading Simmons they would likely send him to the Diamondbacks and simply
collect Upton on their own.
Arizona reportedly covets a talented young shortstop in any
trade involving Upton. While Simmons certainly fits the bill, the Rangers have
two such players of their own; Elvis Andrus and Jurickson Profar.
With Profar emerging late last season as a viable option at
the major league level, many expected the Rangers to shop Andrus this winter in
order to fill other areas of need. However, Texas is inclined to keep both
players, meaning they needed another talented young shortstop on their roster
if they wanted to complete a trade for Upton.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels is one of the most aggressive
in the game, so it’s no surprise to hear of this attempt. Texas’ apparent run
at Upton is also another signal that the Josh Hamilton era is likely over for
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