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Hard to Believe Justin Upton May be on the Move

By Scott Allen

For the past couple of days, Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton has been a part of many trade rumors involving several teams.  It it hard to believe that the young star for the D'backs may be on the move to another city and soon.

Trying to gauge the validity of the rumors has been tough.  You don't know how these things get started, but I'm in the camp that believes rumors always start with part truth, at least when it comes trades and free agency in Major League Baseball.

The latest I heard this afternoon was from Sports620KTAR.  They are saying that the Boston Red Sox may be a very interested party.  Rumor is possibly a trade for pitcher Daniel Bard and/or outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury.  Not a bad move I suppose for either team, but believe it or not, this makes less sense for the Red Sox.

I would hate to lose Upton though and for the D'backs to trade him, I believe it is going to take some major players to come back this way for the this team to just give him up.  Yes, Upton had a down year in 2010.  It wasn't rock bottom year like Mark Reynolds, but it wasn't as good as 2009.  Still, don't you think the D'backs should still look at keeping him, no matter what you are being offered in return?

I can't believe all the teams I am hearing that have all of a sudden popped up with interest.  In addition to Boston, there is the Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, Florida Marlins, Kansas City Royals, and St. Louis Cardinals, just to name some that are apparently lining up to listen to offers.  Amazing.  Up until the past few days, Upton's name never came up. He hit .273 with 17 home runs and 69 RBI in 2010.  He also struck out 152 times.   However, there is your difference between Upton and Reynolds.  Upton hit .273, meaning he was getting on base with hits, which is production.  Reynolds hit .198.  With the D'backs probably giving up on Reynolds, it doesn't make much sense to part with Upton, unless you are getting an amazing package in return.