The Diamondbacks have been talking with teams about trading for Justin Upton all offseason, but the Yankees have not been involved and don’t appear likely to do so either, according to Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports.
Morosi states that it’s the Yankees goal of reaching a $189 million payroll that has kept them from getting involved in trade talks, as well as other deals, because of their reluctance to deal prospects and because of the remaining three-years and $38.5 million left on his contract. Typically $12.83 million a year for a player of Upton’s caliber is a bargain, but not for the penny pinching Yankees.
Morosi also discusses the possibility that the Yankees could deal Curtis Granderson, who makes more money than Upton in 2013, to make room for him. So far though there is no evidence they are considering such a move. The Yankees seem to regard payroll flexibility in 2014 beyond everything else which is likely why they are weary of dealing for Upton who would be signed through 2015.
Upton has a limited no trade clause which last year had the Yankees listed among the teams he could block a trade to. However, they are not currently on his list of teams he can block a deal to.
Upton, 25, hit .280/.355/.430 last season which is almost perfectly in line with his career averages just with less power. He has a 9.6 UZR in his career (negative-2.1 last season) and is considered an above average defensive outfielder with good range and a slightly below average arm.