Diamondbacks Rumors: AZ in No Hurry to Trade Justin Upton

Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers told reporters, including Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, that he is not going to accept less of a trade package for outfielder Justin Upton after the young slugger rejected a trade from the Seattle Mariners. Towers added that he’s in “no hurry” to trade Upton.

"I'm not taking less," Towers said here in a brief interview at the Scouts Foundation dinner. "I'm in no hurry."

The Diamondbacks and Mariners had agreed to a trade last week that would have sent Upton to Seattle in exchange for Taijuan Walker, Nick Franklin, Stephen Pryor and Charlie Furbush. However, Upton used his limited no-trade clause to block the deal.

Now, Towers is saying that the Mariners’ deal should be viewed as a baseline, not a ceiling, for future trades. Most around the game considered Seattle’s proposal to be a steep overpay for Upton.

Beyond the Mariners, Upton has been tied to the Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays, Atlanta Braves, New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles.

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