It isn't everyday that a 24-year-old power-hitting, right-handed outfielder with talent oozing from every pore and a rocket for a throwing arm becomes available, but such is the case with Arizona's Justin Upton.
Signed through the 2015 season, Upton has been put on the trading block by the Diamondbacks, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, among others. While Arizona's asking price is sure to be huge, ESPN's Buster Olney says that they are looking for help at third base*, though they still could move him without receiving a third baseman in return.
Upton has a limited no-trade clause, though the teams to which he can block a trade are unknown. As Rosenthal notes, two years ago the list of teams on his no-trade list was comprised of the Athletics, Mariners, Royals and Tigers.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 7, 2012
Olney also says that while some teams are wondering whether Upton has a chronic shoulder injury (why else would the Diamondbacks make him available) and are shying away, there are still a number of teams that are sure to have interest.*
Who might those teams be?
Let's see if we can figure it out.
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