Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Granderson for Upton?
By Jason A. Churchill
The New York Yankees could use an infusion of young talent and Justin Upton qualifies. He's also on the trade block and does not have the Yankees on his limited no-trade list. There are many obstacles to such a transaction, including the trade cost, but the one that might prevent Upton from landing in the Bronx is the Yankees' apparent disinterest, writes Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com.
Morosi suggests, however, that GM Brian Cashman could clear 2013 salary space by trading Curtis Granderson, but 2014 remains an issue since the organization is dead set on getting under the luxury tax limits for next season. They do have expiring contracts after '13 -- Andy Pettitte, Hiroki Kuroda, Mariano Rivera and Granderson, so it seems plausible.
The Diamondbacks aren't likely to have interest in adding another outfielder, especially one earning $15 million, so Granderson-for-Upton isn't all that feasible. A three-team trade scenario could work, however and one club that could be interested in Granderson is Seattle, the team that had a deal in place for Upton before the 25-year-old used his veto rights. Granderson is a one-year rental, however, and the Mariners are not likely to be willing to move good prospects for one season of any player.
The Diamondbacks appear to have painted themselves into a corner with Upton, though GM Kevin Towers said recently the trade cost will not come down, suggesting Upton could start spring training with the D-backs. I wouldn't bet on that, however, as Arizona has a full outfield without Upton in the mix after adding Cody Ross last month. Finding a good match is another story altogether, but if the Yankees would like to get involved, Granderson could be traded first.