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Texas Rangers Should Trade Ian Kinsler or Elvis Andrus for Justin Upton

PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 02:  Justin Upton #10 of the Arizona Diamondbacks bats against the Colorado Rockies during the MLB game 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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Dan ValisCorrespondent IDecember 27, 2012

The Texas Rangers have been hot for Justin Upton all winter. The Arizona Diamondbacks now have a surplus of outfielders with their recent signing of Cody Ross.

The Ross signing, moreover, means that the D'Backs could move one of their outfielders to fill other needs. Even with their trade earlier this offseason to acquire Didi Gregorius from the Reds, they still could use a major league-ready shortstop or second baseman. 

For this reason, Texas should call Arizona and offer either Ian Kinsler or Elvis Andrus for Upton. Jurickson Profar is nearly ready to contribute on a regular basis, and when he is ready, Texas better have a spot for him in the lineup. The team currently has a logjam in the infield, and a trade for Upton could clear up that problem. 

I'm not quite sure why Texas GM Jon Daniels has balked at the idea of trading one of his young middle infielders for Upton, but if he had done so, Upton would already be in Arlington. 

Upton is a star on the rise who needs a change of scenery and an end to the constant trade rumors. This guy is a potential franchise player. It is hard to imagine why Arizona wants to trade Upton so badly.

What team puts a potential star on the market every offseason? If I had Justin Upton on my roster, he would never leave. 

A package built around Andrus or Kinsler would be a great start and probably something Arizona would salivate at the thought of. 

While Profar may still be an unknown, Texas should look to hold onto him. He won't cost them anything for three to four years, and his ceiling is the highest in all of baseball right now. The Rangers already have a very talented young infield, and they should look to deal from that strength.

Texas has a surplus of infield talent, and Arizona now has a surplus of outfield talent. The Diamondbacks want a shortstop, and the Rangers need outfield help. It's a match made in heaven. I just can't figure out why these two teams have not yet made a deal.

Elvis Andrus, Mike Olt and Tanner Scheppers for Justin Upton. Sign me up.

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