Rangers Get Creative in Attempt to Acquire Justin Upton

The Texas Rangers were willing to trade former top prospect Mike Olt to the Atlanta Braves for shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who the team would then have flipped in a package to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for outfielder Justin Upton, reports Danny Knobler of CBBSports.com.

Knobler goes on to note that if the Braves had any interest in trading Simmons they would likely send him to the Diamondbacks and simply collect Upton on their own.

Arizona reportedly covets a talented young shortstop in any trade involving Upton. While Simmons certainly fits the bill, the Rangers have two such players of their own; Elvis Andrus and Jurickson Profar.

With Profar emerging late last season as a viable option at the major league level, many expected the Rangers to shop Andrus this winter in order to fill other areas of need. However, Texas is inclined to keep both players, meaning they needed another talented young shortstop on their roster if they wanted to complete a trade for Upton.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels is one of the most aggressive in the game, so it’s no surprise to hear of this attempt. Texas’ apparent run at Upton is also another signal that the Josh Hamilton era is likely over for the Rangers.

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