PHOENIX Now we know the Diamondbacks will trade Justin Upton. They already have, only to have Upton reject a potential deal that would have sent him to Seattle for a package of top prospects last week.
The move continued an ongoing theme. The D-backs spent a lot of time at the winter meetings in trade discussions, and they would have included Upton in the right package for shortstops Jurickson Profar (Texas) or Andrelton Simmons (Atlanta). Both were, and remain to this point, untouchable.
So where do the D-backs go from here? The Up-town signage was removed from the right field area at Chase Field last week, a move the D-backs say Upton requested. It is fair to say that Upton has never been comfortable in the marketing spotlight. The timing was curious, however, and the D-backs certainly will keep talking, now with Rangers third base prospect Mike Olt a possible target.
Because of an outfield excess, it seems a foregone conclusion that the D-backs will part with Upton, Jason Kub...