PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 06: Justin Upton #10 of the Arizona Diamondbacks is congratulated by third base coach Matt Williams after hitting a two RBI triple against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on July 6, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
While the Rangers are reportedly interested in Upton, Sanchez calls it "doubtful" for the club to trade either top prospect, third baseman Mike Olt or shortstop Jurickson Profar, much less both for a "high profile bat or arm."
Buster Olney of ESPN speculated earlier this week that an Upton trade would be a good way for the Rangers to improve. Not only would they add Upton’s bat to their lineup for a post-season run, but the 24-year-old could be insurance for free agent-to-be outfielder Josh Hamilton.
The Diamondbacks have indicated that they want major league-ready talent in exchange for Upton, not prospects. Olt is believed to qualify as such, as he’s a 23-year-old that’s maintained an OPS of .977 for the Rangers’ Double-A affiliate. Profar is only 19, but he’s also playing in Double-A, where he’s hit at a clip of .288/.367/.475 with 19 doubles, six triples and 10 home runs.
Should the Rangers trade Olt and/or Profar for Upton?