Diamondbacks' Justin Upton Vetoes Trade to the Mariners

The trade everyone has been wondering about all winter happened in the last few days.  Only, it didn't. The Arizona Diamondbacks had reportedly worked out a deal to send Justin Upton to the Seattle Mariners, but the deal won't go through because Upton invoked his limited no-trade clause.

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN says that Upton, who has a list of teams he can reject trades to, invoked the clause to block a deal that would have sent him to Seattle.  Crasnick says the Mariners would prepared to send a significant package of young players to Arizona.


Upton had a rough season overall compared with what the Diamondbacks have come to expect from him.  He suffered through a thumb injury for most of the season that clearly impacted his production.  He did not have to go on the disabled list, but he only played in just 150 games last year.

Even with it being a down year, Upton still managed to hit 2.80/.355/.430 with 17 home runs.  It was not quite the near-MVP performance he had in 2011.  In 2011, Upton hit .289/.369/.529 with 31 home runs.  He is a two-time All-Star and still just 25 years old.

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