The possibility that the Arizona Diamondbacks may trade star right fielder Justin Upton this offseason is now more of a prophecy than a possibility.
The latest man beating the Upton trade drum is Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic. Here's what he wrote in an article published on Thursday:
The Diamondbacks have listened to Upton trade proposals on two separate occasions in the past two years, and the industry fully expects them to do so again during the off-season.
The tricky question is what kind of return the Diamondbacks will be able to get for Upton. He hasn't had a great season, but that doesn't mean that the D-Backs are going to dump him on the first team they come across without getting a significant package of players in return. They won't let him go for peanuts.
One potential trade partner pops up in Upton rumors more than any other, and that's the Texas Rangers. More specifically, the one player most often linked to Upton is Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus. In Piecoro's words, it's the "one speculative trade rumor going around baseball circles makes a ton of sense."
Heck, why not? Here are eight reasons why an Upton-for-Andrus swap is perfect for both the D-Backs and the Rangers.
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