Last night it was reported that Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton rejected a trade that was agreed upon that would have sent him to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for four players, including Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Nick Franklin and one of Taijuan Walker. A day later, the sage continues to unfold, and reports have been released on what’s next for the Diamondbacks, Mariners and Upton.
Most analysts, including Bob Nightengale of USA Today, didn’t see there being a realistic chance Upton would ever approve a trade to the Mariners. For this reason, he considered the negotiations to be a "waste of time." Beyond Seattle, the Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs are the other three teams on Upton’s limited no-trade list.
Considering their push to move the young slugger, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN finds it hard to see how the Diamondbacks can enter spring with Upton. He believes their relationship may have been strained beyond repair.
So if he’s done in Arizona, where will Upton end up?
Scott Miller of CBS Sports names the Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles and San Diego Padres as potential landing spots. He notes the Rays and Rangers have been Upton’s most aggressive suitors, but the 25-year-old would apparently prefer to join his brother B.J. in Atlanta.
While they’ve pursued him for much of the offseason, the Rangers could shift their focus away from Upton. Texas and Arizona exchanged offers before the agreement with Seattle, and Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports the Rangers are "moving on."