It's hard to know exactly what to make of Kevin Towers' calculus regarding Justin Upton.
Towers has clearly taken the "situation" beyond the rumor stage by talking openly about his willingness to listen to offers for the closest thing the Diamondbacks have to a superstar.
For the media, such candor is a refreshing and dramatic departure from 99 percent of what we routinely get from front-office types. (For that matter, so were Ken Kendrick's comments on Upton and Stephen Drew earlier this year.)
But logic tells you there's more at play here than just shooting from the hip or being honest to a fault.
Is it a motivational tactic? A daring, raise-the-stakes gambit to see just how far teams are willing to go while jockeying among one another for a potentially elite talent? A proactive public relations ploy to grease the exit and ensure that the fan base doesn't feel blindsided?
We'll probably never know. But this much we do know: Towers explicitly said the D-backs are looking for m...