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Rangers not out of Justin Upton chase

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10:37 AM ET 01.12 | After OF Justin Upton refused a deal on Thursday that would have sent him to Seattle, word out of the Rangers camp was that they were unlikely re-engage in talks. They were moving on after nearly three months of on-again, off-again conversations. Completely plausible. But it's also worth considering that the Rangers now have all the leverage in the world. And posturing is a big part of the offseason trade market. Before Arizona accepted an offer from Seattle, fully knowing that Upton had the Mariners on his very limited no-trade list, the Rangers made another offer believed to be four players. Arizona wanted a couple of substitutions in a deal that would have been built around Mike Olt and a pitcher, but the Rangers wouldn't go there. Now the Rangers have nothing to lose by letting it be known they are moving on. Arizona is kind of in a corner. Either they accept what the Rangers last offered -- or maybe even a little less -- or they go to camp with a player to whom they actually presented a trade.

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January 12, 2013  11:01 AM ET

Starting to think that if Justin was gonna be traded this off-season... he would have been traded by now.

We've only been hearing this story since the middle of last season (maybe before that).

January 12, 2013  11:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Starting to think that if Justin was gonna be traded this off-season... he would have been traded by now.We've only been hearing this story since the middle of last season (maybe before that).

he should had been traded but he refused straight like that,,,

January 12, 2013  11:28 AM ET

the rangers DO WANT Justin upton?? its going to cost them, PROFAR/MIKE OLT/and at least two top pitching prospects, are the rangers willing to part ways with top prospects???

January 12, 2013  11:30 AM ET

rangers has develope a bad and strange style this year, they have replaced the royals as a prospects collector and why not?? it most feel good to have top propects in your minor league system,,,

January 12, 2013  11:30 AM ET

according to the braves site, they still have a slim chance to get him too. az wants a lot in return for him, maybe they need to let up a bit and take a deal if they really wanna trade him.

January 12, 2013  11:31 AM ET

there is going to be a tough decisions to make in the D'back franchise about Justin upton,,, should the braves join the bidding??

January 12, 2013  11:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

according to the braves site, they still have a slim chance to get him too. az wants a lot in return for him, maybe they need to let up a bit and take a deal if they really wanna trade him.

they should try their best in trying to get him, he still young and still developing as a productive player, if braves do want to sign bourn and his 160 strikeouts that would be a very bad move, but if the braves trade for Justin upton it could be the biggest addiction to their roster,,,

January 12, 2013  12:00 PM ET

from the rangers to the braves posibilities in the acquisition of Justin upton, the braves could have the edge in this trades,,, as long either team offer a fair amount of players either team could get Justin upton though,,,,

January 12, 2013  12:04 PM ET

the d'backs don't need to trade JUSTIN, the d'backs could use him in their lineup,
who needed most an outfielder?? the mariners/the braves/the rangers/ the d'backs can and should hold their player for the best trade offer it not really matter when but as long the top prospects are in the offered list,,,

January 12, 2013  12:06 PM ET

i wonder if the D'BACKS are looking themselves desperate?? i mean to the point that the rangers are really expecting them to drop their demends in this trade?? rangers need offense, and the other teams as well, but Justin shouldn't go cheap to any team at all,,,

January 12, 2013  02:56 PM ET

As long as Simmons isn't involved, I wouldn't mind seeing Upton join his brother in Atlanta.

January 12, 2013  04:34 PM ET
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As long as Simmons isn't involved, I wouldn't mind seeing Upton join his brother in Atlanta.

apparently the braves are waiting patiently there is no rush there is no desperation in anyway or in any form, should this offer remains untill the first day of the open season?? the braves or any other team could and should get benefit from this bidding,,,

January 12, 2013  10:21 PM ET

The opportunity to acquire J.Upton is in the Braves & Rangers court. Towers offer to Seattle was a ploy to try and get the two aforementioned teams to get in a bidding war that results in a bevy of talent similar to the Mariners reported offer.

Both Ryan & Wren have been around long enough to know what K.Towers was doing long before J.Upton refused to go farther west. Definitely interesting ploy on the D'Backs behalf.

 
January 13, 2013  01:50 AM ET

It makes zero sense to negotiate a deal with a team that is on a player's no-trade list - UNLESS that team is in dire need of a bat (which the Mariners are) and were willing to overpay for one (which the Mariners were). It sets the bar high for anyone else trying to trade for J.Upton - a middle infield prospect, a team's top pitching prospect (or top 3) and 2 solid relievers. For the Braves, it would probably cost them Nick Ahmed, Julio Teheran (or JR Graham), one of EOF/Venters/Avilan and maybe someone like Cory Gearrin.

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