The Arizona Diamondbacks and their new general manager, Kevin Towers, have made 23-year-old outfielder Justin Upton available and among the teams interested are the Seattle Mariners.
Upton, who wields the kind of bat the Mariners don't have, has a road-block in place that undermines Seattle's chances - a no-trade clause in his contract that, according to FOXsports.com wiz Ken Rosenthal, includes the Mariners.
Does that make a deal impossible? No, just highly unlikely.
Not only would the Mariners have to overwhelm the Diamondbacks with an offer - one almost certainly including Michael Pineda and Dustin Ackley - they would have to persuade Upton to then accept a trade. That would likely mean money, and lots of it.
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Upton is signed for five more years, but that doesn't mean he can't use his no-trade clause to sweeten the pot. Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik doesn't discuss players on other teams, even ones he'd love to have. And Upton is in the category.
The high price of making Upton a Mariner, however, looks to be insurmountable.