Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com is reporting that the Rangers may no longer be a serious bidder for Justin Upton. And if that is true, the Rays may now be the front-runner to trade for the Diamondbacks outfielder.

Rosenthal notes that the Rays matchup well as a trade partner, as the Diamondbacks are looking for a top of the rotation starting pitcher and a shortstop. The Rays could offer either James Shields or Jeremy Hellickson as well as shortstop prospect Hak-Ju Lee.

However, according to an anonymous executive (Andrew Friedman?), the Diamondbacks would have to offer more than just Upton if they want both a starting pitcher and Lee.

And while there has been a lot of speculation that the Rays would prefer to move Hellickson, Upton’s pricetag ($9.75M, $14.25M, $14.5M the next 3 years) might be easier to swallow if they move Shields.

 
 

16 Comments

  1. Don says:

    Here we go again, Friedman wont throw in a prospect he hasn’t given a chance to play in the ML, when exactly do you need another Rodriquez/brignac up here Andrew?
    If I was ARizona I would take Hellboy (making peanuts) for Another pain in the Ass Upton, forget about a SS or ask for Rodriquez.. IF you have a coach that can show him how to hit a curveball, evidently his Father or Sheldon couldn’t…
    Rays I keep hellboy…Make it shields($11 mil salary for 10mil Upton) and we have a Deal…worry about next year later

  2. deezy333 says:

    Loosing HJL would be tough, I wonder if they could expand the trade to include Bauer.

  3. phil says:

    shields to texas for Mike Olt!

  4. Dave L says:

    No way on earth the Rays are bringing in anybody with a price tag of $9.75M, $14+M $14+M over the net three years, much less another Upton.

    Just think about it for a second, reflect on recent history….ain’t gonna happen.

    Sheild’s for well I dunno but the call is out to all suitors:

    Give us your young, your poor(ly compensated), your huddled prospects yearning to breathe free and play before 11k fans on a Tuesday night against the Indians…..

    • Dave L says:

      Plus sure why dont we throw in HJ Lee since unlike the DBacks the Rays organization is soooooo loaded with talent at SS that we had to have our super utility man finish the season there after watching our other hapless AAA level SS’s boot the ball around for 5 months while providing weak offense as a bonus.

      I like Rosenthal’s reporting, get spoon fed some dream of an ‘industry source’ (read players agent), then bounce it off some disinterested random club exec after he’s had a few cocktails. Makes it all sound legit and almost real. Rays execs stay mum to all the babbling since any interest real or imagined in thier players is a good thing.

      • LaneMeyer says:

        The report I saw had the Diamondbacks providing some salary relief in the deal. If they could get him at somewhere in the $9-10 mil range for 3 years, it would be worth it because salaries for hitters won’t be going down soon.

    • don says:

      SHields is going to make that much if the Rays keep him,Shields is a GOOD pitcher granted.. along with our other 7, How many hitters do we Have? Anyone else but an
      UPton it would be a no brainer..maybe thats what they (Rays) are thinking??

  5. Beazy says:

    J.Upton is only 25, BUT unless he can play 1st base OR catcher, I wouldn’t think an All-Star pitcher (and a up and coming SS) is worth it…

  6. Edward says:

    Why can’t they trade Beckham and Hell-boy? Lee has a better chance in the ML

  7. Joe says:

    Does Ken Rosenthal even know how the Rays work? I would love Justin but who actually sees us trading a top SP and a hitting prospect that we seem to be in love with for a guy that cost more than anyone on our team?

  8. Brianknowsbest says:

    I would offer Shields/ archer/ beckham for bauer/upton

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