Though some Justin Upton trade rumors had him heading to the New York Yankees, it seems like the Arizona Diamondbacks may have found more value in him. Rather than pursue a trade before the July 31 MLB trade deadline, it is starting to look like the Diamondbacks are intent on holding on to him until at least the offseason.
According to ESPN, Arizona team president Derrick Hall stated that there is "close to a 100 percent chance nothing happens." That is a pretty definite statement about the plans of the team and that Upton should be expected to finish the regular season with the Diamondbacks. What might happen in the offseason could certainly differ from that prediction.
There had been four teams on the no-trade list for Upton, including the Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians. It didn't stop him from getting linked to them in rumors, but teams like the Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers seemed like more suitable destinations. Now none of those teams have a real shot at Upton this season unless they really give Arizona an offer they cannot refuse.
In the 2012 season (so far), Upton is hitting 0.276 with 8 home runs and 41 RBIS. He hasn't quite become that superstar player that Arizona had been hoping for, but he did have 75 extra base hits to go along with 88 RBIs, 105 runs and a 0.289 batting average last year.
Do you think that this will spell the end of the Justin Upton trade rumors? Are the Arizona Diamondbacks making a mistake by holding on to him for the rest of the season?