Originally Posted by mth123
No way that gets it done. Leake is not a top of the rotation picther, Cozart is a non-star level position player and Stubbs is spot player/interchangeable part. Would you trade Jay Bruce for that? If you wouldn't be willing to deal Bruce for whatever package being proposed, chances are that the D-Backs wouldn't deal Upton for the same package,
They weren't asking for a top offensive starter according to the link. They were simply asking for a starting offensive player.
And I'd argue that Cozart is above average as a SS (12th in WAR in mlb), fills their biggest hole with plus production, and is as cheap as any starter in the game.
The WAR actually works in Cozart's favor, 2.7 - 2.5 for 2012.
If you add Leake and Stubbs on top (not to mention the $9 million + owed next season, and you see plenty of reason why the DBacks might bite.
(That said, I fully expect Upton to go to Texas for Andrus, which would pave the way for Profar.)