Re: Justin Upton on the block, expected to be moved, should the sox trigger a deal for him?
posted at 11/8/2012 10:29 PM EST
In response to hill55's comment:
The Diamondbacks would want a significant return for two-time All Star outfielder Justin Upton, a 25-year-old who remains under contract for three more seasons.
Seattle has been rumored to be showcasing 21-year-old shortstop Nick Franklin and just-turned 24-year-old lefthander James Paxton in the Arizona Fall League in preparation of a package trade offer for Upton.
In his recent preliminary prospect rankings, John Sickels of Minor League Ball ranked Franklin the 16th-best hitter and Paxton the 25th-best pitcher. Boston's rough equivalent would be 22-year-old righthander Matt Barnes, the 18th-ranked pitcher, and 22-year-old outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., the 24th-ranked hitter.
Would the Red Sox trade Barnes and Bradley in a package for Justin Upton? If not, the Sox offer might not be competitive.
Kevin Towers, if he has a clue, would not trade for James Paxton with a ten foot.. ummm.. something that you trade that is relatively pole shaped. Little help here?
At least ask for Taijuan Walker or Hultzen, but by all means, avoid Paxton and the extremly likely Tommy John surgery that he will receive in the next 3 to 4 years. Paxton is a native of British Columbia, and the occurence of TJ and other arm surgeries from Canadian pitchers is remarkably high. It might have to do with the lack of arm strength, as the weather tends to shorten the seasons of developing young arms.
Were I dealing Upton, Paxton would not be included. Either Walker or Hultzen...