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D-Backs CEO says Upton 'probably' stays

Posted on: November 23, 2010 8:52 am
Edited on: November 23, 2010 9:55 am
Justin Upton Remember the Justin Upton trade rumors?

Well, appears they've cooled. The Diamondbacks enjoyed hearing what others thought he was worth, and nothing wowed them yet.

Diamondbacks team president Derrick Hall doesn't see the talks amounting to anything.

"I think he'll probably be here on Opening Day," Hall told's Steve Gilbert .

Kevin Towers said if something does happen with Upton, it should be sooner rather than later.

"I would say before the end of the Winter Meetings we should know," Towers said. "We're kind of walking through this thing slowly right now. If we are overwhelmed in a deal, great. if not, the fallback is we still have Justin Upton on our team, and that's a good thing."

The Winter Meetings are Dec. 6-9 in Orlando.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2010 8:32 pm

D-Backs CEO says Upton 'probably' stays

destiny_driven - as you can see from the article, the Diamondbacks AREN'T trading him for something lesser than he is worth (i.e., lower level prospects).  They shopped him to see if they could get perhaps a solid starting pitcher, back end bullpen guy and two+ high level minor leaguers.  If the right deal could be struck, the Diamondbacks could receive several "puzzle pieces" that could help them for years to come.  I think you are oversimplifying the situation to make it appear that our management lacks common sense.  In reality, they know more about baseball players and developing talent than 50 of your type.  Three years from now, it could be entirely possible that the only common sense they lacked was HOLDING ON to Upton.  You never know.  So stop making such black and white value judgements.  You don't sound like an educated fan.  We love the D'backs and if they can strike gold by offering Upton (who I love), DO IT!!!

Since: Aug 4, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2010 7:24 pm

D-Backs CEO says Upton 'probably' stays

Skipper Kirk Gibson added new coaches, Alan Trammell, Don Baylor and Eric Young as well as retained Matt Williams.

First order of business for Gibson was to cahnge the mentality at the plate. Understand situations, count, scoreboard, etc. He was sick of seeing Upton and reynolds in particular swinging from their heels no matter the circumstances. Also particularly frustrating to Gibson, was the lack of fundamental defensive play, certainly which included Upton who constantly overthrew cutoff men or played generally lazy on many occasions..

He's still a kid..Hope he develops to his massive potential

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2010 2:47 pm

D-Backs CEO says Upton 'probably' stays

What the D-Backs need for Upton & the rest of their hitters is a batting coach who can make them believe in the SEE BALL HIT BALL theory

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2010 12:13 pm

Wise decision, D-backs!

How do you trade a massive talent like Upton?  Even if you get a boat load of prospects in return, will any of them ever be as good as Upton.  Prospects are such a risky venture that I'd rather keep Upton and put my money on him than to risk lesser prospects will ever approach what Upton did in 2009.  If you want Upton to develop faster, then why not get him the best hitting coach that money can buy and bind them at the hip for the next three months and see if Upton's contact problems can be resolved.  The boy needs coaching, not a trade!

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