PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 06: Justin Upton #10 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits 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)
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Arizona Diamondbacks will "consider offers" for their star outfielder Justin Upton.
Rosenthal writes that if the D'backs can move up in the standings, they'll target a third baseman at the trade deadline in hopes of bolstering their team for a late-season playoff run. If not, however, Stephen Drew and Ryan Roberts could become trade chips.
Upton, of course, would be Arizona's biggest trade chip. The 24-year-old's contract, which contains a four-team no-trade clause, looks like this:
- 2012: $6.75M
- 2013: $9.75M
- 2014: $14.25M
- 2015: $14.5M
According to Rosenthal, the teams on Upton's no-trade clause back in 2010 were Seattle, Detroit, Kansas City, and Oakland, but the list has reportedly since been adjusted.
Upton will undoubtedly attract many suitors, as he's just one year removed from an MVP-caliber season, and he's still quite young. In specific, the Indians
, and Yankees
could pursue the right fielder.