There is still plenty of buzz surrounding trade rumors for Giancarlo Stanton, Justin Upton and Andre Ethier.
All three are not being actively shopped (much like R.A. Dickey), but the phone lines are ringing, teams are calling in, and there is active dialog going on. Something could eventually happen with all three marquee outfielders if things break right as they did for the Mets.
The Braves, Yankees, Rangers and Mariners are all linked to Justin Upton according to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. Atlanta has been very engaged on Upton since the season ended.
The Mariners are highly motivated to add any of the three and have check in with each team. They are determined to add a young power hitter to their outfielder. The Diamondbacks have viewed the Mariners as a possible trade partner for Upton, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. However, the Mariners are on Upton’s no-trade list and any deal would have to be approved by him.
Officials around the league are convinced that Upton will be traded rather than Jason Kubel, according to Olney.
Stanton of course would be the prized catch here. Hal Bodley of MLB.com says the sooner the Marlins trade Stanton, the better. He says that Stanton won’t make the difference between winning and losing as the Fish rebuild and that he would net the Marlins a considerable package of prospects that could contribute when the Marlins are ready to contend again.
The Seattle Mariners have called the Los Angeles Dodgers repeatedly about Andre Ethier, and while the Dodgers’ intention is to open the season with him as their right fielder, they have told other teams all winter that they’re always willing to listen to offers.
The Mets have not been linked to any of these outfielders, and yesterday a source told Adam Rubin the Mets are likely not adding an MLB outfielder via free agency this offseason.