Justin Upton Rumors: Rangers, Red Sox, Tigers Leading Suitors?

The Arizona Diamondbacks have made it known that they are shopping outfielder Justin Upton this winter, and the Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Atlanta Braves and Detroit Tigers are considered likely landing spots for the outfielder, while the Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals are “long shots,” reports Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic.

The Diamondbacks are requesting a significant haul in exchange for Upton, and they’re specifically said to be looking for a young third baseman, shortstop or front-line starting pitcher.

All of the teams mentioned have at least one of the above candidates to offer the Diamondbacks. Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus could be available with Jurickson Profar waiting in the wings. The Rays are said to be shopping arms, including right-hander James Shields. The Red Sox could offer young third baseman Will Middlebrooks, while the Tigers have a top hot corner prospect in Nick Castellanos. The Braves have talented young arms and infielders, including right-handers Tommy Hanson and Mike Minor and shortstop Andrelton Simmons.

While the Pirates and Royals are viewed as more darkhorse candidates, Piecoro notes Kansas City has young third baseman Mike Moustakas while Pittsburgh could offer a young starter such as James McDonald.

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