Arizona Diamondback: 4 Reasons They Should Hold onto Justin Upton This Offseason

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Arizona Diamondback: 4 Reasons They Should Hold onto Justin Upton This Offseason
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Now is not the time for the Arizona Diamondbacks to trade away right fielder Justin Upton.

Upton, the No. 1 selection in the 2005 First Year Player Draft, is a good five-tool baseball player and considered to be the face of the Diamondbacks franchise.

Somewhere along the way, like the 2012 MLB season, Upton's production dropped. He showed signs of inexperience and began to fall downward, which led to rumors of him being on the trading block.

Now as the offseason hits full stride, the Diamondbacks are looking to get Upton's contract off their books. The Diamondbacks owe Upton over $9 million next year and over $14 million in each of his final two years of a six-year deal which will end after the 2015 season.

That kind of money is sure to deter any team looking to trade for Upton unless some concessions are made by the Diamondbacks.

Here are the four reasons why the Diamondbacks should hold onto Justin Upton this offseason:

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