Re: What would it take to get Justin Upton?
Originally Posted by 757690
First, the article said a TOR pitcher or an everyday position player, not both.
Second, Reds aren't unhappy with Bruce, and haven't been trying to trade him for the last few years. There have been a lot of stories about Upton not being dedicated to the game. True or not, it seems like the D-Baxks believe them. That significantly lowers his value.
The fact that the Rangers won't give up one of their two SS for him says it all. His value has dropped.
Not to mention Bruce has a more reasonable contract. Bruce still has four years with an average salary of $10.5MM left, while Upton has three years at an average of $12.75MM...
"On-base percentage is great if you can score runs and do something with that on-base percentage," Baker said. "Clogging up the bases isn't that great to me."