This could be my last action before going off-grid, as the move to SnakePit Towers 2.0 gathers steam, and Cox could disconnect Towers 1.0 at any moment. It's possible I'll come back to find "Uptown" in Phoenix as much a vestige of the past as "Mannywood" is in LA. After the jump, there's a selection of the latest stories on the gossip swirling around our mercurial right-fielder - and also some other stuff. Yeah, I lied about the "all the time" bit.
Your Daily Upton
- [FOX Sports] Red Sox trade talks stalled on Justin Upton - "Another unspecified team made a strong push... and roughly half of the 30 clubs have expressed interest. The Diamondbacks are making it clear to potential suitors they intend to "win" any trade involving Upton... An official from one interested club said the D-Backs want four top prospects for Upton. The Yankees, among other teams, are balking at that price."
- [HardballTalk] The Diamondbacks want to "win" any Justin Upton trade. What does that mean? - "This sort of thing is merely P.R. signaling by someone. Either the Diamondbacks, trying to calm fans who are worried...or other teams who want to have an excuse ready for fans when they do not land Upton."
- [NY Daily News] Trade talks for Arizona's Justin Upton heating up - "The Diamondbacks "will listen to offers, but are not looking to trade him," one baseball official said. Prying loose Upton, the top pick of the 2005 draft and the brother of Tampa Bay's B.J. Upton, would require several major-league players, not simply prospects, the official said."
- [USATODAY.com] Red Sox still talking Justin Upton; Yankees fall short - "While the Yankees' package has not met the Diamondbacks' demands, according to officials from New York and Arizona, the Red Sox still are engaged in talks. "If somebody wants to overpay,'' Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers said, "I'll be more than willing to listen. It's just a thing where people are kicking the tires right now. That's it.''"
- [Purple Row] Rockies look into Justin Upton and Gavin Floyd - Purple Row - "The cost in trade for Upton would be steep... I'd never want to see the Rockies trade more than three players or prospects for any one MLB player and that I'd only go up to three for a select few, but Upton might be the exception. Playing armchair GM, I'd try and keep Jhoulys Chacin and Wil Rosario off limits (or maybe include one of the two in a four for one deal) but otherwise, I'd be very flexible for somebody of his caliber."
- Jon Heyman on Twitter: "Dbacks determined not to trade Justin Upton in division. Not that any of those teams but champion SF Giants can afford him."
Non-Upton related D-backs news
- [dbacks.com] Inbox: New blood for D-backs - Steve Gilbert discusses Kevin Towers, the bullpen and Kirk Gibson, saying the last-named "earned the opportunity to get a chance to have a full Spring Training to implement his program. I think once he's gotten the chance to do that, we will be able to more fairly evaluate his abilities as manager." I think we said the same about AJ Hinch at this time last year...
- [ESPN] Kevin Towers: Diamondbacks are unlikely to go after free agent Paul Konerko - "Paul grew up in the valley," Towers said. "However, I haven't had any discussions with Paul or his agent. He's a great player coming off a great, great year... You never want to say never, but we're probably going to address pitching and our bullpen right now."
- [Diary of a Diehard] Drew Snubbed By Gold Glove Voters - "As you read the stories and reports surrounding the Gold Glove winnings a trend emerged. Almost always the discussion included a player’s offensive statistics. For whatever reason, Gold Glove voters take into consideration a player’s offensive statistics when awarding a defensive award."
- [Hardball Talk] Rico Brogna quits as Diamondbacks farm director - "Three weeks ago the Diamondbacks promoted Rico Brogna to director of player development as part of their front office housecleaning, but [on Monday] the former big-league first baseman quit the job. Mike Bell will replace Brogna after serving as the Diamondbacks’ minor league field coordinator this season." Hmm. Wonder what happened there?
- [HardballTalk] Friday is the McCourts’ last chance to avoid Dodgerpocalypse - "The mediator in the McCourt divorce case is going to propose "a fair settlement" to each side on Friday. The idea: this is a last chance for the McCourts to avoid the judge telling them how the Dodgers will be divided up." I just like the word, "Dodgerpocalypse," personally.
- [Big League Stew] Cubs' scheme to overhaul Wrigley includes underground bunkers - ...because they know the only way the Cubs will ever win a World Series, is if the other 29 teams are wiped out in nuclear armageddon.
- [NY Daily News] Mets will decide on manager by Sunday or Monday - "Less than two years ago, Melvin was manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Hale was his third base coach. Now the pair, good friends despite disparate personalities, are competing during the second round interviews for the Mets' managerial job. Wally Backman and Terry Collins will close the process Thursday." Backman, of course, is another former D-backs manager. Albeit very, very briefly.
- [USATODAY.com] GMs exchange wild-card, realignment, schedule ideas - "GMs surveyed by USA TODAY...want a best-of-three format, which would still give the division winners a Says Arizona Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers: "I think a best-of-three first round would be perfect." Selig, who is open to adding two wild-card teams, likely would not implement a change until at least 2012. The expanded format would have to be part of the labor negotiations with the players' association."
- [democratandchronicle.com] Rochester Red Wings may get former IL MVP Jeff Bailey - "Last year he hit .289-12-78 in 129 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks' Triple-A club in Reno." Guess he won't be back. Wonder who'll be playing there for Reno in 2011?