Trade Deadline: Justin Upton to remain a member of the Diamondbacks
|07.24.12 at 3:24 pm ET|
After weeks of speculation, it appears Justin Upton will remain the Diamondbacks’ right fielder this season as team president Derrick Hall said Tuesday that there is ‘close to a 100 percent chance nothing happens.’
“We’ll field all proposals and conversations,’ Hall said. ‘You never know. But I would be surprised if anything happens in the offseason, either.”
Upton, who finished last season fourth in the NL MVP voting after hitting .289 with 31 home runs, was the subject of many trade rumors since before the All-Star break when the Diamondbacks were listening to trade offers for him.
The 2005 first-overall selection struggled at the beginning of this season but has been heating up lately, hitting .417 in his last seven games to improve his average to .276.
Upton was rumored to have interested teams such as the Blue Jays, Pirates, Tigers, Braves, and the Rangers. The Red Sox, Yankees, Cubs and Indians were all blocked from trading for Upton thanks to a clause in the 24-year-old’s six-year, $51.25 million contract extension he signed in 2010.
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