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November 23, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Justin Upton does NOT have Mariners on no-trade list

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Here’s an interesting update, courtesy of Justin Upton’s agents. They tweeted earlier today that Upton does not — contrary to a prior report — have the M’s on his no-trade list. See? Twitter is good for something.
Why would Upton’s agents be putting this out there? Especially since he isn’t a free agent, only bait for a trade they will have no say in? Simple. Upton, being only 23, is probably just a tad interested in reading about himself and his possible destination on the internet.
If he’s happened by here or other blogs in Seattle, as I’m sure has been the case, he’ll have noticed a fair bit of folks wondering what he’s got against our fair city. If you think you might end up playing in Seattle, do you really want people thinking bad things about you before you even put on a uniform?
No, you don’t. Remember all the speculation about Cliff Lee hating the trade last winter based on his tone of voice in one phone call with the media? Best to avoid that.
So, you call up the guys you pay to do your bidding — they’re called agents, and, despite what Scott Boras may have led you to believe, they do work for players. And you get those agents working to correct the public perception.
There you go.
Photo Credit: J. Pat Carter/AP


As I’ve said before, the M’s would be nuts to not explore an Upton deal. I have no doubt they’ve given this idea a great deal of thought. As good as some of Seattle’s prospects may one day turn out, Upton is already a good MLB player with five years of club control left.
He would speed up Seattle’s rebuilding plan. Maybe give the M’s a shot at contending with multiple years left on the contracts of Felix Hernandez and Franklin Gutierrez. Remember, he’s a former No. 1 overall pick, is already succeeding in MLB and still has growth potential at age 23.
You aren’t going to get him for one lower-slotted first-rounder who hasn’t proven a thing, plus a bunch of secondary prospects. If you were dealing Upton, would you make that trade? Not if you valued your job.

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