Report: Diamondbacks in “active discussions” about Justin Upton

What Went Wrong: Curtis Granderson
Open Thread: GM Meetings Day One

Via Ken Rosenthal: The Diamondbacks are engaged in “active (trade) discussions” about Justin Upton. The outfielder had the Yankees on his four-team no-trade list this year, but the list has since changed.

Upton, 25, hit .280/.355/.430 (108 wRC+) with 17 homers this year while battling thumb problems. A year ago he was an MVP candidate with 31 homers and a 139 wRC+. Upton is signed through 2015 for a total of $38.5M, or an average annual value of $12.83M. As I’ve said a million times before, the Yankees need to be involved in any talks with Arizona about their right fielder. They might not have the pieces to land him — the D’Backs are reportedly seeking help on the left side of the infield — but they’ve got to at least try. Who knows, maybe Kevin Towers fell in love with some prospects during the year he spent in New York’s front office.

In other news, Jerry Crasnick says the D’Backs will also listen to offers for 21-year-old right-hander Trevor Bauer, who has fallen out of favor with some in the organization. Same thing as Upton here, if he’s truly available, the Yankees need to at least make the call.

What Went Wrong: Curtis Granderson
Open Thread: GM Meetings Day One
  • Matt :: Sec110

    What would be the realistic cost of one (more Upton)or both?

  • jjyank

    Why did Bauer fall out of favor?

    If the Yankees can come up with a deal for Upton, I pull the trigger.

    • mustang

      “Why did Bauer fall out of favor?”

      Exactly! Before we start salivating and giving up the farm over a 21 year old with great MINOR league numbers the question of why are they tarding him should be asked.

      • mustang

        trading not trading

    • Alex’s Rod

      The D-back’s front office wanted him to change his warm up routine, but he refused and they were going back and forth about things leading to his attitude problems.

  • Mark L.

    CoJo/Adams – Nunez – Nova sufficient? Maybe take back some dead wood like John McDonald as a sweetener?

    • jjyank

      That’s a start I’d think, but I can’t imagine the D-Backs will trade Upton and leave our top organizational prospects alone. I would think a Williams, a Sanchez, or an Austin would have to be involved.

      • Luisergi

        Agreed, may be even 2 of them to go with Nova and Nuñez.
        I’d still pull the trigger though

        • Matt Montero

          I’m pretty sure the price for either of them is going to be much higher, if it’s not, I would drive them to the airport myself.

          • Preston

            Yeah, I don’t even now if the Yankees have the kind of pieces necessary to make an Upton deal.

    • RetroRob

      For Upton? For a player of Upton’s current skills, substantial upside, youth, and reasonable contract, then there has to be major players/prospects going back to Arizona. An offer of CoJo or Adams, along with Nunez and Nova doesn’t even get a return call.

      • kevin w.

        LOL Adams, Nova and Nunez wouldn’t get the convo started at all. Nova and Nunez would at best be the 3rd and 4th best players the Yankees deal. Mason, Sanchez, Nova, Nunez MAYBE gets the convo started.

  • Chris A

    What about a three team trade involving Granderson?

  • Leg-End

    Are they open to shifting Bauer because of attitude or depth?

    • Mike Axisa

      Olney said it’s a number of things. He isn’t throwing as hard as he did in college and he’s not making the adjustments they asked him too.

  • http://none Ton Lon ton

    How about montero for uptown straight up?

    Oh yeah………….guess not

    • Steve (different one)

      How much value does Montero have to an NL team?

      • FIPster Doofus

        None to the Diamondbacks, who already have the better Montero at catcher and Goldschmidt at first. Of course, in this hypothetical, the D-backs could’ve flipped J. Montero elsewhere.

      • Mike Axisa

        Especially one that just re-signed their catcher for $60M and has a 25-year-old right-handed hitting catcher who OPS’d .850 last year?

        Some people just like to complain.

      • mustang

        Oh No you Didn’t!

    • Slugger27

      They already have a better catcher.

    • jesse

      They don’t have the DH in the National League.

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    I would not have an issue with giving up most people who are feasibly on the market for Upton.

  • DZ

    Nunez, Cojo/Adams, Tyler Austin, Nova, Betances

    I know they need a third baseman, is there anyway that the yankees eat enough of Arod’s contract for him to have value for the Dbacks?

  • 28 this year

    Melky + IPK for Upton. Get it done Cash!

  • Frank

    The Yankees could be very active in the trade market. Hughes, granderson, nova, phelps, Sanchez, Williams, and Austin are solid pieces that could be moved. Add in a Gardner or Nunez and this team will be very different next year…I hope. I think they’d have to be creative for upton though.

    • Ted Nelson

      They’re also solid pieces who could be kept…

      • johnny

        Young cost controlled offense, even at high prospect cost makes that 189 seem a lot less like a pipe dream.

  • Andrew

    I think this kind of trade hinges on Andy Pettitte.

    What do you guys make of Brett Gardner, Phil Hughes, Mason Williams, Tyler Austin for Upton?

    I don’t think we’d get Justin Upton for non-star minor leaguers like Corban Joseph, and I think the D’backs would want major league ready players in addition.

    For the Yanks, would basically swap a hole in RF (sans Swisher) for a hole in LF (which could be filled by a journeyman bat (Ibanez, Jones, take your FA pick…), and Upton is a big upgrade over Gardner.

    I think Hughes becomes expendable if the Yanks re-sign Kuroda and Pettitte returns. They’d have a rotation of:


    Personally, I’d stay away from Bauer. That whole situation just doesn’t smell right.

    • Knoxvillain

      I’d love to have Upton, but that’s way too much.

      Mason Williams
      Ivan Nova
      Eduardo Nunez
      Corban Joseph

    • Bo Knows

      Bauer is fine, the issue has basically been a pissing contest between him and the organization. Bauer doesn’t want to change his routine, and wants to call his own game when pitching to batters rather than letting the catcher take the lead.

      • mustang

        “Bauer doesn’t want to change his routine, and wants to call his own game when pitching to batters rather than letting the catcher take the lead.”

        He is a 21 year old rookie!!! How about shutting up and doing as he is told.

    • mustang

      “Personally, I’d stay away from Bauer. That whole situation just doesn’t smell right.”

      Agree 100%

  • steve (different one)

    Player A hit .280/.355/.430 (108 wRC+) with 17 homers this year while battling thumb problems. ===> WE SHOULD GIVE UP WHATEVER IT TAKES TO GET THIS PLAYER!!

    PLAYER B hit .272/.353/.430 (114 wRC+) with 18 homers this year while battling hand problems. ====> WE SHOULD PAY OFF THIS PLAYER’S ENTIRE CONTRACT JUST TO GET RID OF THIS PLAYER!!

    • steve (different one)

      Yes, I understand the differences in the situations. Just thought it was kindof funny.

    • Preston

      I see what you did there. Obviously the A-Rod hate is nonsensical, but the difference between the two is obviously cost and age.

    • MannyGeee

      Well played Mauer….

    • Bobby

      Would player B have the same stats if he were in the middle of the Yankees lineup??? Highly doubtful….

      • YanksFanInBeantown

        Probably, considering that Player B was A-Rod…

  • RetroRob

    I think this is the offseason we finally see Upton moved. Rumors that he’s on the market keep surfacing, and this time it seems to be more than a rumor. For whatever the reason they want to move him.

    Just don’t think the Yankees have the pieces. Most likely team to acquire Upton is the Texas Rangers. They are deep on the left side and have Profar, so they could move an Andrus and Olt and other pieces.

    • Knoxvillain

      I doubt he’s coming to NY. But that would be really nice. Texas seems like the most logical fit, but Boston and Philly-although I’m not sure they have the pieces-seem like a good fit as well. Maybe Atlanta also.

    • steve (different one)

      This makes sense, a deal built around Olt makes sense from both sides.

  • ultimate913

    I’d rather sign Hunter and Ichiro to 1 year deals and wait out on Austin. If he starts in AA and even comes close to how he performed in ’12, he should be ready for the majors to man RF in 2014.

    • MannyGeee

      Burritos… BURRITOZZZZZZZ

  • Andrew Brotherton

    I think Nova, Adams, Williams or Austin, Flores, and Stoneburner for Upton. If they throw in Bauer then probably throw in Hughes, and Jose Ramirez.

    • Knoxvillain

      The Yankees don’t have enough to get both Upton and Bauer. It would be nice, but they really don’t have the pieces.

      • Bo Knows

        it would have to be a 3+ team trading deal.

  • Bo Knows

    To hear Bauer might be available is exciting (partially because I called it months ago, partially because he and the D-Backs have been arguing for a while)

  • DT

    If you look at the numbers, Granderson’s numbers before he was traded here to upton’s numbers up til now, it’s remarkably similiar. Upton has the advantage of getting to the MLB at a much younger age, but you’d figure a trade for him would Cost just about what it took to get Grandy. Of Course this would also mean we’d have to complain about him in 3 years despite being one of our most productive players during that time span.

  • your mom

    Trade Ramiro Pena for Justin Upton straight up! Isn’t he playing well in winter ball? The time is now! His trade value will never be higher. Throw in the fist-pumper as well, we got depth. Do it Cash!!!

  • Duh Innings

    The Yanks don’t have the pieces to land Upton.

    If they want to truly rebuild, they need to trade Cano, Teixiera, and Granderson who could easily net them at least seven prospects.

    • your mom

      We’d be pretty crappy if we lost all their production and I wonder where Tex would agree to be traded.

  • Duh Innings

    A 1B acquired in a trade, Jeff Keppinger 2B for 2013-14, Gardner CF, Ichiro LF for 2013 only, Torii Hunter for 2013 only.

  • Andrew

    Cano for Upton + Bauer…who hangs up first?

    • your mom

      Not sure why Arizona would want Cano.

  • TrollHunter

    Slade Heathcott in getting alot of buzz in the AZ fall leage in fact I heard a great interview with him on MLB’s XM channel this morning. Maybe the Yanks can use that buzz to entice the Dbacks in a Upton deal.

    • your mom

      The shoulder…….

  • mike yankee

    When did upton become josh hamilton. For real? You guys are so crazy. Let me get this straight, we are going to mortgage the future which includes a 15 game winner in nova who had 1 bad year and then austin (who is gonna be a monster) mason who is rickey henderson and other potential? Wow. Panic.