Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
While Upton was rumored to be available for the right price (= high price), saying the DBacks "wanted to get rid of Upton" seems a little too emphatic. If they wanted to get rid of him why is he still there? If you want to get rid of the guy who finished 4th in the MVP balloting there would be plenty of takers. Floating a guy's name on the market to see what sort of mega-haul you could get for him is a lot different than wanting to get rid of him. If the DBacks trade Justin Upton they will get top-notch talent in return.
There is "wanting to get rid of someone" and then what the DBacks are doing with Upton. Its no secret that they aren't happy with his play. They made it known earlier this season that he is available for the right price. I would even imagine that its better than even odds that Upton gets traded for this off season.
If I am the DBacks brass or another team I would be worried about a guy going from an OPS+ of 140 to that of 101 the next season.