Found July 16, 2012 on Raise the Jolly Roger!:
Over the last week or so and especially this weekend, rumors regarding the Pirates and Arizona’s Justin Upton have been heating up. The Pirates reportedly had a scout in Chicago this week to watch Upton, and ESPN’s Jayson Stark called the Pirates a “serious contender” for the young outfielder. Jon Heyman of CBS, however, reported that there “is nothing serious” between the two sides and the Pirates are “probably not be a fit.” Upton is incredibly talented and has the potential to be an absolutely wonderful addition to the Pirates’ lineup. The right fielder finished 4th in the NL’s MVP voting last season, is only 24, and is signed to a reasonable contract through 2015.  He would solidify a corner outfield spot for the next three years while providing a great power bat behind Andrew McCutchen. Sounds great, right? Unfortunately, there’s another side to this that I think a lot of people are missing. Upton has battled a shoulder injury this season, and his numbers are way down in 2012. ...
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