Red Sox Rumors: Boston a Fit for Diamondbacks’ Justin Upton?

The Boston Red Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks should pair up for a trade that would center on slugger Justin Upton, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN.

Bowden’s proposed trade would send Upton to the Red Sox in exchange for prospects Xander Bogaerts, Matt Barnes and Brandon Jacobs.

While the Diamondbacks were able to add a young shortstop in Didi Gregorius when they traded Trevor Bauer to the Cleveland Indians, Arizona still finds itself in need of a long-term solution at third base. Bogaerts is currently tabbed as a shortstop, but Bowden notes that there’s belief that the prospect will eventually slide over to the hot corner.

Barnes would provide a young arm to help fill the void left by the Bauer deal, while Jacobs would add a “decent outfield prospect” to the Diamondbacks’ minor league system, according to Bowden.

For the Red Sox, the trade would allow them to enter next season with a projected outfield of Upton, Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino, with Jonny Gomes filling in as a fourth outfielder and part-time designated hitter. Upton’s presence would also prepare Boston for the eventual loss of Ellsbury, who’s set to reach free agency after the 2013 campaign.

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2 Responses to Red Sox Rumors: Boston a Fit for Diamondbacks’ Justin Upton?

  1. That's crazy talk. There is no way on Earth that Upton is worth Bogaerts, Bradley, Barnes... I might trade Bradley for Upton but even that would be tough to swallow.

  2. Do you think the Red Sox even need a player like Upton?


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