Look for Upton to end up in Boston or Texas after Hamilton leaves.
What makes too much sense is Upton to Texas for Andrus and other prospects.
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I have seen speculation that the Rangers might move Ian Kinsler from 2B to the outfield, then put Jurickson Profar at 2B so Andrus can stay at SS. For those who don't know, Profar is widely considered the top prospect in baseball right now.
I think you are right that the DBacks would want more than Elvis Andrus (signed through 2014) in a trade for Upton. But if Upton gets traded I would think the most logical destination is Texas. Maybe a package of Andrus and Olt would do the trick.
Greetings from Tulowitzki-ville Unless the Rockies think that Tulo will never be the same after his recovery, they shouldn't consider that trade. Shortstops who crush the ball and field well are increasingly rare. Trading Tulo when his value is at its lowest makes no sense.
The Rockies also don't need outfielders next year. They have two outfielders having better years than Upton (CarGo/Fowler) and I expect that to continue until forever. Then they'll have Eric Young (look at his major/minor league numbers the last couple years), Tyler Colvin, and Michael Cuddyer competing for the other OF spot unless Cuddyer can play 3B again. They'd be wise to trade Cuddyer if he can't play third anymore.
The Rockies should be trading OFs, not acquiring them.
Skaggs is considered a Top-25 prospect by people who know more about such things than I do. But he also has a fastball that averages sub-90. He's too young to have crossed through the injury nexus (age 20). In other words, he's a "might miss." prospect.
". . . acquiring J. Blanton from Oakland for, apparently, Bailey/Cueto, Votto and a lesser prospect. I do it in a second . . . The Reds' equation this year is simple: Make Matt Belisle your #3 starter . . . trade for Blanton, win 85 or more, be in the mix all summer." - Paul Daugherty, Feb. 8, 2008