Texas Rangers: Is Justin Upton on Their Radar?
Justin Upton was placed on waivers by the Arizona Diamondbacks according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Heyman also quoted a Diamondbacks' official who said that there was "no chance" that Upton is traded right now.
Why would the Diamondbacks bother going through this exercise then?
They are probably trying to judge how much interest there is in the highly talented 25-year-old.
A lot of interest seems to be coming from the Texas Rangers.
According to MLB.com's TR Sullivan, the Rangers did indeed put in a claim on Upton. He also noted that there is virtually no chance that any type of deal will develop right now because the Rangers would be absolutely last in the waiver order.
Nevertheless, we can at least gather from this maneuver that there is some interest there.
Also, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports said in his Full Count video that he also expects the Texas Rangers to make a play for Upton over the winter. His opinion is that Upton will come to Texas and become part of a nucleus that will eventually include Mike Olt and Jurickson Profar as well.
However, the competition for Upton will most likely be intense before the end of the winter, and the Diamondbacks will probably have a lot of bargaining power. Could they demand Olt or Profar in return?
I'm sure that the Diamondbacks would start with one of those players in the package, and the Rangers would certainly counter with a package that didn't involve either of them.
Ultimately, if the Rangers want to make this deal happen over the winter, they might have to give a little bit to the Diamondbacks. However, for a multi-talented young outfielder who could develop into one of the best all-around players in the game, they might be willing to deal away one of their blue-chip prospects.
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