The Yankees have inquired about trading with the Diamondbacks for outfielder Justin Upton, according a person with knowledge of the situation, who requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks.
But it appears the Yankees are simply doing their due diligence, according to the person with knowledge, as the Diamondbacks’ asking price for the 23-year-old may be too high.
So it seems that the Yankees are just looking into this to make sure that somebody else doesn’t get him for a package that they would be willing to part with.
The Yankees have three outfielders and are not in the market for either Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth. I could see them at least putting in an offer for Upton though. He’s just 23-years-old and should be a 30-30 threat every year by the time he hits his prime. Most importantly though is that Upton is signed through the next five years for just $50.75 million.
That’s the big difference between him and Crawford and Werth. Both of those players are much older and will cost at least twice as much on the open market. So while they don’t necessarily need an outfield upgrade, this is the type of guy you don’t at least check into.
That said, there will be a lot of teams who will have interest in trading for Upton and the Diamondbacks will be expecting a lot in return for him. It seems to me that the Yankees would have to start with Jesus Montero, probably Brett Gardner, and possibly one of the ‘Killer B’s', Dellin Betances, Andrew Brackman, or Manuel Banuelos. Basically what I’m saying is that 23-year-old 30-30 threats aren’t cheap.