If I had to select my most disappointing team this season, it would have to be the Arizona Diamondbacks failing to even be respectable in the National League West. The reason why the Diamondbacks have disappointed me is they were the team I chose to win the World Series, and they are also the only division winner I have wrong right now. Thanks a lot, Arizona
Anyways, one of the main reasons for Arizona’s failure is the uncharacteristic season from all-star right fielder Justin Upton. And just like there were MLB rumors surrounding Upton during the season, there will be MLB rumors circulating in the off-season. Upton – whose fWAR has dropped from 6.4 in 2011 to 1.7 in 2012 – was a hot commodity this season once the D’Backs announced they were shopping the talented 25-year old, so it won’t be surprising if the hot stove heats up again this winter.
Although Upton has struggled this season, he is the type of player a team can build its franchise around. I’m willing to bet this season is just an aberration for Upton, and that he will rebound next season, making him one of the most valuable players on the trade market. Similar to Giancarlo Stanton, young, powerful hitters don’t go on trees. So if they become available, every team who has the proper resources will go after them, not just the contenders.
A team like the Texas Rangers seem like a perfect fit, especially if Josh Hamilton signs elsewhere; although, I think that’s very unlikely. There’s no doubt in my mind that Upton would dominate in Texas. He would return to the six-win player that he is capable of.
Ergo, if Hamilton leaves the Rangers, don’t be surprised if Upton to the Rangers rumors heat up. And even if Texas isn’t match, the Upton rumors won’t die, so stay tuned.
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