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As the baseball winter meetings concluded, two potential blockbusters involving Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton were in play, according to a major-league source.
The first involved three teams - Arizona, Texas and Tampa Bay - with Upton going to Texas. The other involved four teams, with Seattle being the fourth.
The Rangers' fervent push for Upton was fueling both potential deals, and may be an indication of the team's confidence in landing free-agent right-hander Zack Greinke, who also is being pursued by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The arrival of Upton, 25, likely would lead to the departure of free-agent outfielder Josh Hamilton, who likely will be too expensive for the Rangers to keep if they sign Greinke.
The Rangers want to add one top hitter and one top starting pitcher, preferably one through free agency, the other through a trade, sources say.
And the Seattle Mariners, who met with Hamilton, his wife and agents at the winter meetings on Sunday, are poised to sign Hamilton if the Rangers do not, according to the Seattle Times.
All of the talks are fluid, and subject to change. The blockbuster, sources say, is taking on several new forms a day.
The Cleveland Indians, one of the early constants in the discussions, no longer are part of the Upton talks, and could be looking elsewhere to trade shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.
The Diamondbacks, desperately trying to acquire a shortstop, had targeted Cabrera and the Rangers' Elvis Andrus. Their inability to acquire either player - at least thus far - could lead to a different type of return for Upton.
The D-Backs also want a top-of-the-rotation starter, and Tampa Bay has been fielding offers for virtually all of its pitchers, including right-handers James Shields and Jeremy Hellickson.
Tampa Bay could send one of the starters to Arizona and Texas could part with a top prospect such as infielder Mike Olt in the three-way deal.
But The Rangers' apparent goal - to land both Upton and Greinke - is threatened on numerous fronts.
The Dodgers could wreck the Rangers' plans by outbidding them for Greinke, possibly forcing Texas back to Hamilton and into the trade market for a starting pitcher, with Shields among the possibilities.
The blockbuster, meanwhile, remains a longshot, according to multiple officials involved in the discussions.
In one recent permutation of the deal that involved Cleveland, the Mariners would acquire Texas left-hander Derek Holland, whom the Rangers intend to trade only if they land an elite starter such as Greinke. The Mariners' ulterior motive in such discussions could be to ensure that Upton goes to Texas, clearing the way for Seattle to sign Hamilton.
The package of young players going to Cleveland in such a deal would vary, but Arizona right-hander Trevor Bauer, left-hander Patrick Corbin and Texas infielder Mike Olt were among the names in play, according to one source. The Diamondbacks, if they were giving up Upton and young pitching, likely would get more than Cabrera in return.
The Mariners also would give up prospects, something they probably would not want to do unless they could land Hamilton, improving their chances of contending in the AL West immediately.
One thread, then, is tied to another - and a rival official involved in the Seattle four-way described the Mariners as the holdup, with club officials apparently unsure of the team's direction.
The M's, who have had one of the worst offenses in the majors the past three seasons, closed in on a deal with free-agent outfielder Jason Bay on Thursday, and also are among the teams talking to free agent first baseman/outfielder Nick Swisher.
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The Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and Cleveland Indians
have all shown “active interest” in Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Justin
Upton, reports Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.
Justin Upton has drawn active interest from 3 teams today: Mariners, Rangers, Indians. @mlbonfox
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 4, 2012
It was later reported by Nick Piecoro...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Arizona Diamondbacks, Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers worked on a potential three-team trade throughout most of the day Wednesday. However, a major league source with direct knowledge of the talks told The Sports Xchange that a deal is unlikely to get done before the Winter Meetings end Thursday morning at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Resort. "...
Texas badly wants Justin Upton, according to major-league sources. Arizona, seeking a shortstop, is focused on Asdrubal Cabrera.
The goals of those two clubs are driving talk of three- and four-team blockbusters at the winter meetings - and also might shed light on what is happening with the two biggest free agents, right-hander Zack Greinke and outfielder Josh Hamilton.
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The clubs: Arizona, Cleveland, Texas and Tampa Bay.
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