Report: 90% Chance That Justin Upton Stays with Arizona Diamondbacks

Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIINovember 18, 2012

PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 02:  Justin Upton #10 of the Arizona Diamondbacks watches from the dugout during the MLB game against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field on October 2, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Diamondbacks defeated the Rockies 5-3.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Justin Upton was thought to be on the move at the beginning of the offseason, but it now seems as if he's a lock to stay with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Jon Heyman of reports that owner Ken Kendrick claims there is a "high likelihood" that Upton will be roaming the outfield of Chase Field again in 2013.

A person with the Diamondbacks told Heyman that the chances of Upton staying are around 90 percent.

The Diamondbacks would be smart to still consider trading Upton, though it is also wise not to make a deal prematurely. With a player of his caliber, general manager Kevin Towers needs to be sure that he gets the proper return for his young slugger.

It seemed as if Upton would be on the move to the Texas Rangers, but the team was unwilling to trade either Elvis Andrus or Jurickson Profar.

Towers looking for young pitching or a young shortstop in return for Upton quickly put all Upton-to-Texas rumors to bed.

Arizona has a ton of outfield depth. This is likely the reason trade rumors surrounding Upton became so relevant during the past few weeks.

Even after trading outfielder Chris Young to the Oakland Athletics, it would still make sense to move Upton.

With Upton out of Arizona, Jason Kubel, Adam Eaton and Gerardo Parra could comprise the outfield.

With Upton in the fold, it'll be interesting to see which one of Eaton or Parra becomes the No. 4 outfielder.

Parra would likely fill that role, though he's played well enough to earn himself a starting position.

The Winter Meetings (starting on December 3) are notorious for out-of-nowhere blockbusters. While reports now claim Upton won't be traded, you never know what can happen when all the general managers get together.

A span of two or three weeks is like a lifetime during the offseason, so stances on players are very likely to change.

This is definitely a situation to keep your eyes on moving forward.