MLB Trade Rumors: 5 Potential Justin Upton Deadline Blockbusters

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MLB Trade Rumors: 5 Potential Justin Upton Deadline Blockbusters
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With the Arizona Diamondbacks seven games out of first place in the NL West, it is crunch time for the Snakes.

Yet while division foes in San Francisco and Los Angeles struggle with pitching and offensive woes, Arizona has found itself in a funk all its own.

Enter the midseason trade, MLB's great equalizer.

And enter right fielder Justin Upton, Arizona's greatest trade piece in 2012.

After slugging his way to a career-high 31 home runs in 2011, Upton has fallen off the pace in 2012—his batting average is down 16 points, his OPS is off by nearly 150 and barely halfway through the 2012 season, Upton is poised to set a career high in that disdainable category known as "caught stealing."

With substandard pitching, a weak hot corner and the simple need for more runs and wins, the Diamondbacks are at an impasse and junction whose remedy just happens to be the midseason trade.

Upton is a star—he has been described as a "trade-deadline prize"—and he has several teams dialing Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers' phone number.

With all cards set to hit the table, these are five potential Justin Upton Deadline Blockbusters, complete with team-specific analysis from columnists familiar with all the pieces.

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