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PHOENIX -- Scratch San Diego off the list of possible landing spots for Justin Upton or Jason Kubel.
The Padres and D-backs front-office teams touched base about a possible trade involving Upton, according to a baseball source, but were unable to find a match because the player the D-backs are most interested in acquiring, third baseman Chase Headley, will not be traded.
At the same time, the Padres have no interest in Jason Kubel, the source said, because of their commitment to left fielder Carlos Quentin, who signed to a four-year, 37 million contract extension late last year. Kubel, who led the D-backs with 30 home runs and 90 RBIs last season, played primarily left field in his first year in the National League in 2012, and scouts believe that is his best position if he remains in the NL.
After signing Cody Ross to a three-year, 26 million contract two weeks ago, the D-backs have four outfielders who have started on pennant-winning teams -- Upton, Kubel, Ross and Gerardo Parra. They also have said that they believe rookies Adam Eaton and A.J. Pollock and major league-ready, and Eaton showed well in his September call-up.
Because both Eaton and Pollock have options remaining, the D-backs do not need to make a move to create roster space or playing time, although Eaton seems to have accomplished about all he can in the minor leagues after hitting .375 with 47 doubles and 44 stolen bases while playing at Class AAA Reno almost all of 2012.
The 25-year-old Upton, who played most of last season with a left thumb injury, also has drawn interest from Texas, Seattle and Atlanta. The Braves signed Uptons brother, B.J., to a five-year, 75.25 million free-agent deal this winter.
Upton is to make 38.5 million over the next three years.
Kubel, who has one year and 7.5 million remaining on his contract, could be of more interest to an American League team. The Orioles inquired about him at the winter meetings, and Kubel has 14 home runs and 49 RBIs in 133 at-bats at U.S. Cellular Field, the home of the White Sox.
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Big news everyone – Justin Upton is still on the trade block. He has been for about three years now, and he will continue to be until he is mercifully traded to a team that wants him more than Arizona seems to. With yesterday’s reports about Upton’s availability, more than a few people on Twitter asked me about Upton’s home/road splits, and whether or not we should expect...
Justin Upton and B.J. Upton have not played together for quite some time. B.J. had played his entire MLB career with the Tampa Bay Rays prior to signing with the Atlanta Braves just a little over a month ago. Justin has played his entire career with the Arizona Diamondbacks, although that may also be about to change.
For years now, the Diamondbacks have pondered trading Justin. They...
#mets talked to AZ about upton/kubel. prospect/player price 2 high on @jus10up10, kubel not perfect fit.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 7, 2013
As much as Jason Kubel can hit homers and Justin Upton is talented, the cost far outweighs the reward in this scenario.
Upton might cost a package starting with Jon Niese. We are building toward having a dominant future pitching staff...
Justin Upton – Photo by: CEBImagery.com
Yesterday we learned that at some point in July the Padres and Diamondbacks at least discussed the possibility of a trade involving Chase Headley and Justin Upton. Those discussions were supposed to have continued on and off since. The report on MLBTraderumors attributed that information as coming from “major league sources,” and while...
Justin Upton for Chase Headley?
The Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres have held on-and-off discussions about a trade involving those players since July, but the talks have failed to progress, according to major-league sources.
The Diamondbacks, however, continue to discuss Upton with other clubs, including the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners, sources say, while also...
You just never know what you might come across on the internet. Today a brief post on MLBTR really caught my attention. Citing “major league sources,” Zach Links writes that a potential deal involving Padres 3B Chase Headley going to the Diamondbacks in exchange for OF Justin Upton has been discussed on and off since last July.
That rumored deal probably made a lot more sense...
The Mets and Diamondbacks have had discussions about potential trades involving outfielders Justin Upton and Jason Kubel, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Heyman adds that Arizona’s asking price was too rich for the Mets’ tastes on Upton, while Kubel wasn’t a perfect fit for the team.
I wonder what they wanted for Upton?
With Alderson you just never know because when...
Even after the Lance Berkman signing, the Texas Rangers are
still “looking for more,” according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, who adds that
free agents Michael Bourn and Kyle Lohse and Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder
Justin Upton could all be in play for the club.
#rangers still looking for more after adding berkman. Bourn, upton, lohse could be in play.
— Jon Heyman...
The New York Mets appear set to begin the season with a starting outfield consisting of Mike Baxter, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, and Lucas Duda. I honestly think you’d be hard pressed to find a scout around the league that thinks any one of those guys (let alone all three) is currently a legitimate starting outfielder, so to say this is a point of weakness for the Mets is an understatement...
The Diamondbacks are looking to get young pitching from the Orioles in a trade for outfielder Jason Kubel, but Baltimore has been reluctant to do that to this point, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Arizona has a surplus of outfielders and some believe that they would prefer to trade Kubel instead of the more desirable than Justin Upton.
The 30 year old Kubel batted .253...
The Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres have held
on-and-off discussions about a trade involving outfielder Justin Upton and
third baseman Chase Headley since July, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX
Sports. While those talks have failed to progress, Rosenthal notes that the
Diamondbacks continue to discuss Upton with other clubs, including the Texas
Rangers and Seattle...
There is still plenty of buzz surrounding trade rumors for Giancarlo Stanton, Justin Upton and Andre Ethier.
All three are not being actively shopped (much like R.A. Dickey), but the phone lines are ringing, teams are calling in, and there is active dialog going on. Something could eventually happen with all three marquee outfielders if things break right as they did for the Mets...
By Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi
Want to know why Justin Upton still might get traded? Consider:
The Arizona Diamondbacks have a surplus of outfielders after signing Cody Ross to a three-year, 26 million free-agent contract.
At least three teams the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners and Atlanta Braves have expressed strong interest in Upton, according to major...