In the wake up Justin Upton trade rumors, more and more reports are flying out suggesting that we trade our former number one pick and supposed franchise player this off season. Bob Nightengale started the rumor with Nick Piecoro being the latest suggesting that Upton is likely to be dealt with Arizona looking for four to five pieces in return. One thing is for certain, Diamondbacks will be looking for a big haul and they no doubt need to be seeking that much of return. So here are list of teams that has been surfaced in trade rumors so far with possible pieces that would be used to acquire our all star right fielder.
With Diamondbacks seeking four to five pieces with at least three of them major league ready, the list can be headed many different ways. Also, with holes in bullpen, rotation, first base, left field, and after the trade, right field, there are even more possibilities for possible returns.
LHP Manny Banuelos
LF Brett Gardner
RHP Hector Noesi
OF Slade Heathcott
Yankees do have the resources and players to make this work and our GM, Kevin Towers, has worked with the team this past season and has a good knowledge of which of these players are legit or not. First off, any conversation would have to start with Jesus Montero as he is regarded as one of the better prospects in all of baseball. It's not a bad idea to look for a catcher as it is a position of premium and with our Montero, Miguel, due free agency in couple years. Manny Banuelos will be the prize of this deal as he is a small framed lefty with world of talent. He is showcasing that talent in the AFL as well. Noesi seems like a solid back end of rotation guy and Heathcott is in the Keon Broxton mold where he has all the raw talent that needs to be unveiled. Gardner is a speedster and good defender who could fill the hole in left field and plays the game very hard. This could be a good return in my opinion, it's just the matter of Yankees doing this or not.
RP Daniel Bard
OF Jacoby Ellisbury
RHP Casey Kelly
SS Derrik Gibson
This seems like more of a now move than later move which Towers might seek. This deal fills two major holes with established big leaguers in Bard and Ellisbury. Bard is up and coming closer material who could be that guy in the back end of the bullpen for the Diamondbacks. Ellisbury does come with a question mark with injuries but when healthy, he is one of the better outfielders with world of speed that could fill the hole at left field. The prospects necessary in this deal will be hard to gauge as they are already giving up two big leaguers if this deal were to happen. Getting Kelly would be a nice return for Diamondbacks, but it is said that Red Sox are reluctant to do so.
OF Logan Morrison
RHP Chad James
RP Ryan Webb
RHP Ricky Nolasco
The suggested deal earlier of Morrison and Ricky Nolasco for Upton is just absurd. This deal would be a complete rip off for the Diamondbacks and Florida does have list of intriguing players. There's no way they'll deal Mike Stanton, but Morrison does have that power and makeup that could be inserted right away in left field. Webb, acquired in Maybin deal, could be that back of the bullpen piece for Arizona and James is a good projectable starting pitchng prospect to have. I'm not sure if the Marlins are a good fit, but there are players that could interest the Diamondbacks.
LHP Jeremy Hellickson
OF Desmond Jennings
Hellickson will be an immediate rotation piece that will compliment righties Kennedy, Hudson, and Enright, very well and Jennings is an undeniable talent. Getting those two pieces would be huge for Arizona in a potential deal. However, does the Rays have the resources or the desire to part with these players? Sources say so, but we'll see.
OF Mike Trout
Same as the Rays deal, getting Trout and Conger would be quite enticing for the Diamondbacks. It is whether or not the Angels would be willing to make such a trade.
If looking at this Upton deal positively, and I mean if we HAVE to look at it positively, it'll free us little more money depending on who we get in return to possibly sign better players to fill our holes. Also, this will be a way we can further restock our minor league system while filling in many holes. We'll see what happens, but it seems more and more likely that Uptown sign will be off the right field come 2011 opening day.