Justin Upton Trade Rumors: Texas Rangers Make Sense As A Suitor

No, the Arizona Diamondbacks aren't entirely committed to dealing Justin Upton, and frankly, who would be? D'Backs general manager Kevin Towers, however, has made it quite clear that he's very willing to listen to offers on Upton, who has a limited no trade clause.

Upton, who doesn't turn 25 until August, is one of baseball's most talented players, despite his rather pedestrian .273/.353/.401 batting line this year. Upton's struggles aside, he still possesses as much talent as anybody in baseball, which is exactly why the Texas Rangers might check to see if they can pry Upton away from Arizona.

Olney is right on the money, as the addition of Upton to Texas makes a lot more sense than the addition of Zack Greinke or Cole Hamels.

First, if the Rangers do indeed deal Olt for Upton, they wouldn't be dealing him for a rental, ala Greinke or Hamels. Second, the trade would add another major bat to an already potent lineup, and would give the Rangers an excellent outfield bat as they prepare for Josh Hamilton to depart this winter via free agency.

It's unknown what else Texas would have to add to Olt, but he'd be as good a starting place as any for the Diamondbacks.

For the latest on the Texas Rangers, be sure to check out Lone Star Ball and join the discussion.

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