This morning it looked like the Rays were no longer a part of the 3-5 team trade that has been rumored over the last couple of days. However, Ken Rosenthal is now reporting (via Twitter) that the Diamondback are discussing two “blockbuster” trades centered around Justin Upton, and that the Rays are very much involved.
One is a 4-team deal involving the Rangers, Diamondbacks, Mariners, and Rays. The other is a 3-team deal without the Mariners. Rosenthal writes that “one possible outcome” would have the Rays sending a starting pitcher (James Shields or Jeremy Hellickson?) to the Diamondbacks, and the Rays would receive prized prospect Mike Olt from the Rangers and other prospects.
Olt, who can play first base, third base, and both corner outfield spots, hit .288 with 28 home runs and a .398 OPB (.426 wOBA) in 95 games at double-A in 2012. He also played 16 games in the big leagues last season.