Having now acquired a young shortstop in Didi Gregorius and traded away young right-hander Trevor Bauer, Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers stated are "highly unlikely" to trade outfielder Justin Upton, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports:
Towers: "Highly unlikely" #DBacks trade Upton. Needs filled, better team with him. "At this point, I don't think that is going to happen."— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 12, 2012
The 25-year-old outfielder’s name has been ubiquitous in trade rumors since the July trade deadline, but the D’Backs have never been able to find the right deal for the young slugger.
The club’s main goal in dangling the outfielder as trade bait this offseason was to acquire a young, strong shortstop, with the D’Backs notably making a run at the Braves’ Andrelton Simmons and the Rangers’ Jurickson Profar.