Justin Upton has a limited no-trade clause that includes the Seattle Mariners as one of the teams he could block. That hasn't stopped the Mariners from meeting with the Arizona Diamondbacks about a potential trade. The trade talks just may not exclusively be regarding Upton, but the Mariners are definitely interested in the right fielder.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sport suggests that the two teams could be considering a deal, but the Mariners would have to offer something big to entice Arizona.
Mariners/dbacks met tonite. upton on menu. Could ss nick franklin and rhp taijuan walker entuce?
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 4, 2012
Upton struggled in 2012, and he battled injury. Upton saw a specialist for his injured thumb, played the entire season with pain in the thumb, and strained his hamstring in August. Despite all this, he still managed to get into 150 games. However, the shine has worn off in Arizona, and the team could very well trade Upton this offseason.
Upton hit .280/.355/.430 in 2012. It wasn't a bad season, but he started slow, and it was a step back from his 2011 campaign that saw him hit .289/.369/.529 with 31 home runs. The injuries could have slowed him down at the plate, but Upton will need to show consistency in Arizona if he is going to remain with the Diamondbacks. But he may not get the chance. He may be traded this winter.
The Mariners have quite a bit to offer including Nick Franklin and Taijaun Walker as Heyman suggested. However, Arizona may be looking for more than prospects in return for Upton.