Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic wrote last night about the Diamondbacks and their odd souring on the extremely talented Justin Upton, who has been the subject of much speculation over the last week– and since club owner Ken “Don’t Call Me Kyle” Kendrick threw him under the bus last month.
“Yes,” Piecoro writes, “as far as I can tell, the Diamondbacks are seriously open to the idea of trading him, as incredible as that sounds given that just a season ago he was making a push for MVP consideration.”
“Sources say that if the Diamondbacks do trade Upton, they’d most likely want a third baseman, shortstop or top-of-the-rotation type starting pitcher,” he adds.
The Jays are certainly not about to trade their current third baseman, even for Justin Upton, but that doesn’t mean that Piecoro doesn’t see a potential fit with the Jays.
The Pirates are reportedly interested, but, according to sources, they don’t match up well with the Diamondbacks. A team that might? The Toronto Blue Jays.
Their general manager, Alex Anthopoulos, seems to covet star-caliber players – or, at least, players with the potential to be stars — even more than the average GM. He’s known to be aggressive in pursuing deals. And he might have the pieces to make it happen.
The Blue Jays’ highly regarded minor league system includes a shortstop in Adeiny Hechavarria whom Diamondbacks scouts are known to like. It would take a lot more than Hechavarria to entice the Diamondbacks, but he could be a start.
It’s worth repeating that clearly Hechavarria couldn’t possibly be the only piece of a deal. It would take a lot more. A lot. But if you start to add in some pitching prospects, or guys acquired via other organizations, the way Alex Anthopoulos did in last year’s Colby Rasmus deal, and Arizona’s potential interest in Hechavarria as a starting point starts to make you wonder if there couldn’t really be something there. As Piecoro points out, Upton is exactly the type of player Anthopoulos seems to go after– and he’s under contract for $38.5-million for the three seasons following this one.
So… there’s that.
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