The Diamondbacks are looking to fill a myriad of holes, and are asking for as many as four to five players in return for Upton, a 23-year-old former all-star. An Arizona official indicated that the club would be willing to move Upton within the division if the deal was right. Ultimately that will be new general manager Kevin Towers’ decision.
Contrary to the popular notion that the Monfort Bros. do not want to expand the team budget, it appears as though adding a player of Upton’s caliber would make the owners spend the money to do so. However, this deal has a couple of things going against it.
First, a deal with the Rockies would be inside the division. While Renck reports the Diamondbacks are open to this, the Rockies would need to break the bank, which leads to the second point. If four to five players are expected in return, some combination of young prospects, including starting pitchers Tyler Matzek and Christian Friedrich, catcher Wilin Rosario and third baseman Nolan Arenado, would likely appear in the trade.
And with free agent pitchers starting to sign, the Rockies will need to start exploring trades to fill Jorge De La Rosa’s spot in the rotation. The White Sox’s Gavin Floyd could be available, but for Ian Stewart as a possibility? I’m with Dick Monfort on this: be really reluctant to trade a young player. Gavin Floyd is not as valuable as Justin Upton would be.