December 2012 - Arizona Diamondbacks Wiretap

Red Sox Won't Part With Prospects To Get Justin Upton

Dec 30, 2012 4:07 PM

The Red Sox and Diamondbacks are unlikely trade partners when it comes to Justin Upton.

Upton is a fit for Boston, but they are unlikely to part with prospects Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley, Jr.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Cody Ross Sounds Off On Red Sox

Dec 24, 2012 9:14 AM

Cody Ross sounded off on the Red Sox during a conference call this past weekend to discuss his contract agreement with the Diamondbacks.

Ross agreed to a three-year, $26 million deal with Arizona after spending one season in Boston.

"We just couldn't agree on terms," Ross told reporters of talks with the Red Sox.

"At some point -- just to be completely honest with you guys -- they thought I was going to come back no matter what. That I loved playing there, and I did. It's a great park. It's Fenway Park. How can you not love playing at Fenway, going to work every day there? But I just wanted to be treated fairly. I wasn't asking to be overpaid. I didn't want to break the bank and they weren't willing to do it. I'm sure there's reasons why. I don't know why. You have to ask them why. It just didn't work out."

John Tomase/Boston Herald

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor

White Sox May Have Interest In Jason Kubel

Dec 23, 2012 3:08 PM

The Diamondbacks are believed to be shopping Jason Kubel and the White Sox may have interest in the outfielder.

Chicago has "talked about" Kubel, who slugged 30 home runs alongside an .833 OPS for Arizona in 2012.

Kubel signed a two-year, $15 million contract last offseason. He's owed $7.5 million in 2013 and carries a $7.5 million club option for 2014.

Drew Silva/Hardball Talk

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

D-Backs First Started Talking With Ross Monday

Dec 22, 2012 11:02 PM

The Diamondbacks, who agreed to terms on a three-year deal with Cody Ross this weekend, only started talking with the free agent on Monday.

Ross spent one year with the Red Sox.

Steve Gilbert/ (via Twitter)

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Arizona Looking To Deal Outfielder, Likely Kubel

Dec 22, 2012 3:01 PM

After signing Cody Ross, the Diamondbacks are looking to deal an outfielder.

Jason Kubel is regarded as the most likely guy to be dealt.

Buster Olney tweeted that the Rays have long liked Kubel.

Buster Olney/ESPN (via Twitter)

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Sources: Ross Agrees To Deal With Diamondbacks

Dec 22, 2012 2:55 PM

The Diamondbacks have agreed to terms on a three-year deal with Cody Ross, according to sources.

The deal is reportedly worth $26 million with a $1 million buyout.

Ross, 31, is coming off a season in which he batted .267 with 22 homers and 81 RBIs in 130 games for the Red Sox.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Following Three-Team Swap, D-Backs More Unlikely To Move Justin Upton

Dec 12, 2012 8:07 AM

The Diamondbacks agreed to a three-team, nine-player trade on Tuesday that makes the likelihood of a Justin Upton deal even lower.

In the deal, Arizona acquired shortstop Didi Gregorius, left-handed reliever Tony Sipp and first baseman/outfielder Lars Anderson.

"I would say with all the areas we've addressed, I would say it's highly unlikely that we move Justin," Kevin Towers said.

The Diamondbacks gave up right-handers Trevor Bauer, Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw in the deal, with all three going to Cleveland in the deal that also involved Cincinnati.

Steve Gilbert/

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Indians Send Choo To Reds In Three-Team, Nine-Player Trade

Dec 12, 2012 1:36 AM

The Indians traded outfielder Shin-Soo Choo to the Reds and acquired prized pitching prospect Trevor Bauer from the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night in a three-team deal involving nine players, according to an report.

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Arizona Diamondbacks, Official Trade

Royals-Rays Trade Makes Justin Upton Deal Unlikely

Dec 10, 2012 4:33 PM

The trade that the Royals and Rays completed on Sunday night, sending James Shields to Kansas City for a host of prospects, hurts Arizona's chances to deal Justin Upton.

The Diamondbacks had engaged in discussions with the Rays and Royals in an attempt to become part of the deal.

The Rangers are still interested in Upton, but the likelihood of a deal has decreased.


Steve Gilbert/

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Kansas City Royals, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Rangers Thought They Had Justin Upton Last Week

Dec 9, 2012 4:46 PM

The Rangers lost out on Zack Greinke, who will sign with the Dodgers, but they are still looking to make a splash.

Texas could re-sign Josh Hamilton and they would love to acquire Justin Upton from Arizona.

The Rangers have been so involved in talks for Upton that on Wednesday night a team official called an Astros official and told him they had Upton.

Peter Gammons/

Tags: Texas Rangers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Source: Rangers Hoping To Land Justin Upton
After losing out on Zack Greinke, the Rangers are looking to acquire Justin Upton in a trade with the Diamondbacks, according to a source.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports (via Twitter)

A's Lose Brandon McCarthy To D-Backs
A Phoenix radio station is reporting that free agent pitcher Brandon McCarthy has agreed to a two-year, $15.5M deal with the Diamondbacks.

San Jose Mercury News

Average Salary Hits Record $3.2M
Major League Baseball's average salary increased 3.8 percent this year to a record $3.2 million.

Associated Press

Indians, D-Backs Discussing Cabrera, Bauer Swap
The Indians and Diamondbacks have discussed a trade centered around infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and pitcher Trevor Bauer, according to a source.

Anthony Castrovince/

D-Backs Agree To Terms With Eric Chavez
The Diamondbacks have signed Eric Chavez to a one-year, $3 million contract.

Jack Magruder/FOX Sports (via Twitter)

Sources: Arizona, Cleveland, Tampa Bay Working On Blockbuster
The principal players in the trade would be Justin Upton, Asdrubal Cabrera and James Shields.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Source: D-Backs More Likely To Trade Kubel Than Upton
Jason Kubel wouldn't bring back as much of a haul as Justin Upton.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports (via Twitter)

Phillies Deny Rumored Lee-For-Upton Talks
Philadelphia's Ruben Amaro denied the rumor, which would have netted him Justin Upton for the highly-paid Cliff Lee.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly (via Twitter)

D-Backs May Soon Trade Jason Kubel
They are trying to trade Jason Kubel and some believe a deal could be completed before the day is through.

Danny Knobler/CBS Sports (via Twitter)

Tigers Reportedly Pursuing Asdrubal Cabrera
Detroit has also shown interest in Stephen Drew, so they are looking for a shortstop.

James Jahnke/Detroit Free-Press

D-Backs Want Andrelton Simmons From Braves For Justin Upton
Andrelton Simmons is a shortstop in the Atlanta system. He entered the 2012 season as the team's fourth-best prospect.

Jon Paul Morosi/FOX Sports (via Twitter)