PHOENIX (CBS SPORTS) – The Arizona Diamondbacks are not any closer to trading Justin Upton, people familiar with the situation say. There has been such a lack of movement in trade talks that people around the game suggest now that it won’t be surprising if Arizona keeps its outfielder.
Arizona has been talking to several teams about possible deals involving Upton, but it hasn’t been able to land any of the few shortstops it targeted, and while there were many three- and four-team combinations in play during the winter meetings, nothing appears to have progressed from there.
While Upton has hit the trade block often for a star player, the Diamondbacks have identified only a select few prime young shortstops they’d want in return, including Elvis Andrus and Jurickson Profar of the Texas Rangers and Andrelton Simmons of the Atlanta Braves. There was talk of a possible deal involving Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, but it appears the Diamondbacks seek a shortstop that’s younger and under team control for more than two years.
Texas said no on both Profar and Andrus, and the Braves have shown no inclination to trade Simmons, either.
Upton is a potential superstar who’s only 25 years old, but didn’t have a great year in 2012, when he had 17 home runs, 67 RBI and a .280 batting average (he did score 107 runs) and probably hasn’t fulfilled early outsized expectations.
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