The Arizona Diamondbacks and general manager Kevin Towers simply cannot help themselves.
Just when it seems as if the D-Backs had finally decided to move ahead with their offseason and include outfielder Justin Upton in their plans for 2013, rumors of Arizona looking to trade Upton are again circulating.
On Tuesday (Jan. 22), ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted that the D-Backs were still trying to trade Upton or Jason Kubel in the three weeks before MLB teams report to spring training. Approximately 24 hours later, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that Arizona is considering an offer from the Atlanta Braves. That would unite Justin with brother B.J. in the Atlanta outfield.
However, the Braves have already had a strong offseason, signing B.J. Upton to a five-year, $75 million contract. The team also strengthened its bullpen by acquiring Jordan Walden from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for starting pitcher Tommy Hanson.
Other teams could arguably use Justin Upton more than the Braves and salvage their lackluster offseasons by trading for the 25-year-old budding star with MVP-caliber talent.
If trade discussions with Atlanta fell through in the days to come, which MLB clubs could benefit most by making a deal for the D-Backs' right fielder?