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.