Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
If Texas is offering Profrar and Olt together (not to mention Perez), there's nothing anyone else in baseball can offer that would trump it. Profrar is the best prospect in baseball. Olt is an absolute masher who's improved enough this year to garner some consideration as the top 3B prospect in the game. Perez has been ranked among the highest prospects in the game for four years.
Arizona might want those guys for Upton, but there's absolutely no way Texas is going to offer it. I don't know if they'd offer that for Mike Trout or Harper.
They may not get an offer like that. I'd say if they don't, Upton stays in Arizona. They aren't shopping him and they don't need to trade him. If some one ponies up an offer they can't refuse, they are willing to pull the trigger (as opposed to declaring him untouchable). You want Upton, its going to take some combination of 3 players who play SS, 3B and Starting Pitcher with at least two of those being uber prospects. IMO, Texas, with Olt, Profar and Perez is one of the few organizations that have players like that and have enough at those positions at the major league level to be able to deal them. Given Hamilton's status, Upton makes sense in Texas and with Andrus, Beltre and a host of arms, the Rangers could make an offer like that with little to no impact on the major league product now or even in the mid-term future.
I really have a hard time seeing any combination of prospects that the Reds could put togther to get the D-Backs to pull the trigger. As I said earlier, perhaps a Hamilton, Corcino, Frazier package could do it, but AZ seems to want something more major league ready. Maybe Chapman, Frazier, Gregorious could get it done. A deal for Upton is going to hurt some or Arizona just says no IMO.