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"Highly unlikely Justin Upton leaves the desert"

Posted on: December 6, 2010 3:52 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 4:24 pm

While the Diamondbacks shipped out third baseman Mark Reynolds and his 211 strikeouts in trading him to Baltimore on Monday, Arizona general manager Kevin Towers said outfielder Justin Upton probably will not follow him out of town.

"It was going to take a lot to move him," Towers said. "He's a young player, 23, he'll only get better with time.

"If someone is willing to overpay, then maybe. We're not one player away. We'll have a better idea when we leave here, but I'd say it's highly unlikely that Justin Upton leaves the desert."

Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks, on a mission to fix a horrible bullpen, moved toward agreeing to a two-year deal with free agent J.J. Putz to serve as their new closer, according to sources with knowledge of the talks.

The Diamondbacks were among the most active teams as the winter meetings started on Monday. Immediately after announcing the Reynolds trade, Towers said the Snakes have agreed on a one-year deal with free agent third baseman Melvin Mora. In replacing Reynolds, the Diamondbacks currently project Mora and Geoff Blum to split time at third.

Meantime, the Reynolds deal was the first move in Towers' stab at rebuilding what was one of the worst bullpens in the last half-century in 2010. Coming to Arizona for Reynolds are right-hander Daniel Hernandez, the former starter, and right-hander Kam Mickolio.

"Believe me, it was on my mind that when you're dealing with Kevin Towers, you're dealing with the foremost bullpen expert in our business," Orioles president and general manager Andy MacPhail said.

"I like power arms, and we had [Hernandez] up to 98 m.p.h.," Towers said. "And in the pen we saw a power spike. He has huge sink down in the zone, and he can pitch above the belt because of his velocity."

Towers also likes the "downward angle" the 6-foot-9 Hernandez brings to the mound.

The new Arizona GM called this deal the first move in the process of overhauling the Diamondbacks bullpen. He also said he is confident that the club will leave the winter meetings this week with a new closer. Looks like Putz is on deck.


Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2010 1:19 pm

"Highly unlikely Justin Upton leaves the desert"

sorry..Baltimore is the winner.... questions..Arizona could have chosen better(Mickolio is below-average pitcher)  

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2010 12:19 pm

"Highly unlikely Justin Upton leaves the desert"

It really is fun to watch a smart GM join a new organization and see what happens....  Kevin Towers is as shrewd as they come, and should be able to swap out some of the massive underperforming talent that exists in the desert for some real ball players.

Like when Pat Gillick joined the Phillies, he made several small moves that took a team from 'talented' to successful.  It will be interesting to see what Towers and Sandy Alderson do to improve their clubs...

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2010 10:11 pm

"Highly unlikely Justin Upton leaves the desert"

You go Mr. Towers...tear down the mess that skid mark Josh byrnes made out of our team...that guy should be working at a snack bar, not in charge of a Major League club anywhere.
I have faith.

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