16 July 2012
Detroit Tigers trade rumors have recently been centering around Justin Upton of the Arizona Diamondbacks, but the thought was that he would be able to veto a move to Detroit if the clubs were able to agree on a trade. Detroit, along with Cleveland, Kansas City and Oakland, was on his no-trade list when he signed his current deal before the 2010 season.
There had been talk that the list had since changed, with ESPN’s Buster Olney reporting last week that the New York Yankees were on the new list. The other three teams remained unknown.
But now Fox Sports is reporting the full list:
Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton can block trades to four teams, major league sources told FOXSports.com: the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs.As far as acquisitions go, Upton would be a nice one. He’s young (just 24 years old), good (a career .831 OPS and a two time All-Star), and carries a manageable contract (he’ll be owed about $42 million from now through 2015), but all this means that he would be quite expensive to pry away from the desert.
Young All-Star caliber players signed to non-burdensome long-term deals require hefty returns. For the Tigers, that means probably giving up top prospects Nick Castellanos AND Jacob Turner, and that could be just the beginning of the negotiation process.
Upton is currently in the middle of a down year (.264/.347/.388), but he would still be an upgrade in one of the corner outfield spots for the Tigers (both with his bat and his outstanding range defensively), and I doubt the Diamondbacks would let the off-year affect their trade demands.
Matt Snyder is the editor of The Tigers Den. He can be reached on Twitter @snyder_matthew.