Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton is highly regarded and has been pursued accordingly this off-season. According to a well placed source, ESPN.com, FoxSports and the Arizona Republic all reported that Upton recently invoked his no-trade clause cancelling out a deal that had been struck by the D’backs and the Seattle Mariners.
The two-time N.L. All-Star is coming off of a disappointing season, hitting .280 with 17 home runs and 67 RBI’s. This has made him a hot commodity this off-season as many teams think that they can get the 25-year-old, five-tool player for a discount because of Upton’s average year and Arizona’s crowded outfield situation.
Seattle G.M. Jack Zduriencik continues to seek offense this off-season as he has already acquired Kendrys Morales from the Angels and free agents Jason Bay and Raul Ibanez. According to these reports, the Mariners offered a “substantial package” for Upton, although details were not disclosed.
Other teams have been hot on Upton’s trail. Texas, Atlanta, Baltimore and San Diego have all been linked to the D’backs outfielder recently. Upton can block a trade to four teams with a no-trade clause in his contract: Seattle, Toronto, Boston and the Chicago Cubs.