The talented Diamondbacks outfielder has been coveted by several organizations: the Rangers, Braves and Mariners have been on the list of teams calling Arizona GM Kevin Towers, and now we know Seattle was on the verge of acquiring the 25-year-old All-Star, but he rejected the negotiation.
Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reports that Upton, who has a $38.5 million contract with the Diamondbacks for the next three years, invoked his no-trade clause so he wouldn't become a Mariner. Arizona would have received a huge chunk out of the Seattle farm system.
Upton, according to the report, has four teams on his no-trade list, and the Mariners are on it. He could be using this as a way of getting on to a team with a better chance of contending in 2013. But Arizona could tell Upton there's no other option for them at the moment, and that could mean this negotiation could be revived.