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08:09 AM ET 07.13 | Justin Upton did not seem all that surprised Thursday to look over his shoulder and find in Chicago's visitor's clubhouse a small pack of reporters waiting. [The] state of the club seems to have taken a backseat to the status of Upton. ... During the All-Star break, the drumbeat of rumors grew ever louder, to the point that Upton was asked to address them for the first of perhaps many times in the days leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. "I haven't been keeping up with it," Upton said. "I'm here to play baseball for the Arizona Diamondbacks, as of now." Upton did not seem angry. "It's hard to tune it out," he said of the rumors. "You hear everything, obviously from you guys when you ask me questions or things like that."

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July 13, 2012  08:26 AM ET

#1

July 13, 2012  08:33 AM ET

nice pic too boot ...

July 13, 2012  08:42 AM ET

What??? Where's Kate Upton?

July 13, 2012  08:54 AM ET

If he is traded it makes sense that he in up being a Pirate.

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July 13, 2012  10:24 AM ET

They would love him in Citi Field!!

July 13, 2012  11:05 AM ET

He can join Kate in Detroit!

July 13, 2012  12:43 PM ET

turns 25 in August, career .276//357/.477, turns 25 in August, in his 6th season in the majors, career UZR/150 is 3.1--slightly above average. The thing is Arizona can't trade him for what he is worth--an average major-leaguer--because he is young enough he might still have a breakout year. So they will have to try to trade him for what he might be worth next year or the year after, which is much trickier to pull off.

July 13, 2012  01:30 PM ET

you either speculate or stop mocking yourself and act as if this its your very last day in the dbacks uniform,,,,,

July 13, 2012  07:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

What??? Where's Kate Upton?

Right here i'm looking at the top of her head

July 13, 2012  07:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

They would love him in Citi Field!!

hell yeah we would, Bay is out

July 13, 2012  07:16 PM ET

i would do jason bay and justin turner for upton

July 13, 2012  07:17 PM ET

Don't ask for Valsdespin, nope

July 14, 2012  12:05 PM ET

Whoa MetMark... I wouldn't challenge alacran like that.

 
July 16, 2012  08:53 AM ET

OK, so he's having a bit of a down year. Regardless, the D'backs would be outright CRAZY to trade Jup away now. A young, proven major leaguer with superstar potential for some top-end prospects? Come on now.

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