The Arizona Diamondbacks are currently sitting in third place in the National League West, 6.5 games behind the Dodgers for a Wild Card spot. Whether or not they’ll be buyers or sellers ahead of the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline is a question that only general manager Kevin Towers can answer, but as for the idea of trading outfielder Justin Upton, Towers has made it clear to Upton and other teams that he will listen.
Upton had a fantastic 2011 season. The 23 year old put up a .289/.369/.529 slash line, 31 home runs, and a 6.4 fWAR. However, after hitting .264/.347/.388 with only seven home runs in 82 games so far this season, the D’Backs appear ready to alter their plans of building around Upton.
Don’t mistake readiness for eagerness though, as Upton will still cost interested teams multiple assets, and that’s not just because of his obvious talent, but also his team friendly contract. After this season, Upton will earn $34.5 million over the next three seasons, which should bring him to his peak in terms of talent.
Among the rumoured to be interested teams are the Pittsburgh Pirates.