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Remember when Justin Upton was going to be a Red Sox?

07.11.11 at 9:01 pm ET
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PHOENIX — The fact that Justin Upton was sitting among the National League All-Stars Monday showed exactly why Red Sox fans were bombarded with the outfielder’s name last November.

He is young (23). He is good (.293 batting average, 15 HR, 14 SB). And he is under contractual control through 2015 with his salary never getting above $14.5 million. (He makes just $4.25 million this season, and $6.75 million next year.)

Upton now finds himself as one of the hosts for this year’s All-Star Game, still serving as part of the foundation for the Diamondbacks. But this past offseason, he was being dangled by Arizona, and the Red Sox were at least listening.

“When I first started to hear [the rumors], you don’t pay that much attention to it, but then you start thinking, ‘Where am I going to be in a few weeks, a few days?’ You you just try and go about your business,” Upton said. “You just try and let it roll off your back.

“To be honest with you, when I first found out I was playing golf and then I just kept playing golf. I wasn’t too worried about it. If you worry about it all the time you’ll never make it.”

Upton’s tone became pointed when it was then suggested Arizona was entertaining a potential deal in order to motivate the outfielder.

“That’s a terrible way to motivate somebody,” he said. “If that was their reason behind it, that’s ridiculous.”

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