Re: How about a 3 team trade?
I would make this trade in a heartbeat, without a second thought. Instantly. "I'd drive the guys out to Arizona myself to get it done."
And if this is such an obvious slam dunk for us (it is), you can probably reconsider it from the other perspectives.
The names being thrown around for Upton include Profar, Andrus, Simmons... these guys are different class than Zack Cozart. He's a valuable SS for sure, but he's not the centerpiece of a deal for Justin Upton. He just isn't. Arizona doesn't need to trade Upton, and I'm positive they won't unless it's for the right haul. And if they're eyeballing a 24-year-old who has put up over 4 WAR each of the last two seasons and two of the best prospects in the game (including the #1), then an age 27, .280 OBP Cozart isn't likely to interest them much. If we want Upton, it starts with Billy Hamilton. I mean, we all value Hamilton highly, and many think he should be untouchable... but in the grand scheme of things, as a prospect he is not at all considered to be in the same class as guys like Simmons and Profar. If Arizona had free choice over the three of them, Hamilton would be the last they'd choose. And you think we can get him in a deal centered around Cozart?
I mean, Mike Leake is serviceable 4th or 5th guy, but that's about it. And Drew Stubbs, as I'm sure we all know, was arguably one of the worst hitters in all of baseball last year to reach a qualifying amount of ABs.
Arizona wants a SS in a deal for Upton. They aren't so desperate for one that they'll deal him just to get one.
That being said, I do love the idea of a three-team trade. And it's possible something with these clubs could work, at least in hypothetical land. I like Parra a lot, too. It's fun to speculate over.