DENVER, CO - MAY 16: Justin Upton #10 of the Arizona Diamondbacks makes a catch on the run for the second out of the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on May 16, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Diamondbacks 6-1. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
While the Pittsburgh Pirates are still showing definite interest in Justin Upton, the Toronto Blue Jays may be the best fit for Arizona Diamondbacks' outfielder, reports Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.
The Pirates are reportedly interested, but, according to sources, they don’t match up well with the Diamondbacks. A team that might? The Toronto Blue Jays.
Their general manager, Alex Anthopoulos, seems to covet star-caliber players – or, at least, players with the potential to be stars -- even more than the average GM. He’s known to be aggressive in pursuing deals. And he might have the pieces to make it happen.
Upton will fetch at least a few key players from any team, with Arizona likely seeking a third baseman, shortstop or a potential ace. Piecoro speculates that if Arizona were to negotiate with Toronto, they would pursue shortstop prospect Adeiny Hechavarria, whom D-Backs scouts reportedly like.
While Arizona execs have been quoted saying it would take the "perfect deal" to acquire the 24-year-old outfielder, Piecoro believes Upton's shaky relationship with the D-Backs' front office makes a trade a much more likely.
Upton, who is hitting .273/.353/.401 in 79 games this year, is in the third year of a six-year contract that will pay him nearly $42 million over the next three seasons.
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