When last we checked in with Justin Upton, the Diamondbacks' right fielder had been claimed on waivers:
Justin Upton claimed by unidentified team. Can't see him being traded. #dbacks
Within an hour of that report, Heyman was back with the team's unofficial response:
Dbacks official: "no chance" Justin Upton is traded.
So Upton remains a member of the Diamondbacks for the rest of the 2012 season. But that means nothing as far as the 2013 season goes, and one team to keep an eye on is the Texas Rangers.
ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Rangers are leery of committing too many years or too much money to Josh Hamilton and that they are doing their homework* on two fallback options should they be unable to re-sign their star slugger.
One of those players is Upton, which makes sense considering that Upton was one of many players that the Rangers submitted claims for during the trade waivers period, according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan.
Upton has been the subject of trade rumors and speculation for nearly two years now, and you'd think that sooner or later it would get to anyone. Not Upton, who explained to the Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro that he is at peace with whatever the next step in his career may be:
Upton does have a limited no-trade clause in his contract, one that allows him to block trades to the Cubs, Indians, Red Sox and Yankees, though it's not uncommon for players to include big-market clubs on their no-trade lists to use as leverage for extra compensation if a trade is presented to them.
Prior to the July 31 trade deadline, Towers told Joel Sherman of the New York Post that the Yankees did "kick the tires" on Upton, but that no substantial talks had taken place and that the Diamondbacks would re-visit the possibility of moving Upton in the offseason.
At the very least, any GM who enjoys his job and would like to keep it is going to at least pick up the phone and call Towers to discuss Upton once the season comes to an end.
Whether he's eventually traded or not, Upton will be one of the most talked about players in the game between now and the start of spring training next season.