MLB Rumors: Washington Nationals Should Stay Away from Justin Upton

By Kenny DeJohn

Justin Upton is one of the best young players in the game today, but that hasn’t stopped the Arizona Diamondbacks from fielding offers on the young right fielder.

Upton is the type of guy that would make an immediate impact on the club acquiring him, even though it would take a massive haul of prospects to pry him away from Arizona.

While his offensive contributions would be a great boost to nearly every major league club, the fact that he would command many top prospects in return is enough reason for the Washington Nationals to stay far, far away.

The Nationals have worked hard over the past several seasons to build a deep farm system, and several of those products are currently producing with the big club.

Tyler Moore, Steve Lombardozzi, Jhonatan Solano and even Ross Detwiler have been solid contributors to the Nationals in 2o12. Each likely has a spot with them in the long haul, as well.

To acquire Upton, Washington may have to be willing to part with Moore, Lombardozzi, Detwiler and more. Who comprises “more?” Well, Anthony Rendon, the No. 6 overall pick in last year’s draft, may have to be included.

After him, more pitching may have to be included. Alex Meyer or Matt Purke would definitely sweeten the deal, but even then that may not be enough.

The Diamondbacks have every right to ask for the world in return for Upton. As I said earlier, he is one of the premier young talents in the majors today. That kind of talent doesn’t come cheaply.

An acquisition of Upton would also cause a logjam in the outfield, as Michael Morse, Bryce Harper and a healthy Jayson Werth would play left, center and right, respectively.

Unless Adam LaRoche is dealt, making Morse the first baseman, Upton would be without a full-time spot in the outfield.

While the offensive potential that he offers Washington would be nice, the potential package that would have to be offered would be just too much for GM Mike Rizzo to give up.

His team is already in great shape to make the postseason, it wouldn’t make much sense to hurt the team’s chances of competing five years down the line.

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