Jul 18, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton (10) rounds third base on his way to score during the eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. The Diamondbacks defeated the Reds 7-1. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE
Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick told reporters, including Scott Bordow of The Republic, that it’s a "reasonable assumption" that outfielder Justin Upton will remain with the club for the remainder of the season:
Kendrick, speaking from his vacation home in Colorado, said it's a "reasonable assumption" Upton will be a Diamondback the rest of the season.
"I think we're better off with him on our team," Kendrick said. "I this whole thing has gotten way more attention than it deserves."
When asked about the possibility of trading Upton this off-season, Kendrick said that the Diamondbacks would not be calling teams about the 24-year-old, but that he expects general manager Kevin Towers to "listen" if teams contact him.
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN spoke with team president Derrick Hall who said there’s “close to a 100 percent chance nothing happens” involving Upton between now and the end of the month. Hall went on to say he “would be surprised if anything happens in the offseason, either.”
Kendrick added that he doesn’t expect the Diamondbacks to make a major trade before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
Should the DBacks trade Upton now, deal him in the off-season, or not at all?