It's tough times for Justin Upton

Will D-backs' young slugger, the subject of trade rumors, be long for Arizona?

Originally Published: August 7, 2012
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Justin Upton's name began surfacing in trade rumors before the All-Star break, when the Arizona Diamondbacks made it clear they would be open to offers for their 24-year-old tools-laden right fielder. The news updates sparked a frenzy of speculation, which subsided in late July when managing partner Ken Kendrick and team president Derrick Hall stepped in and squashed the chatter.

Life has now settled into the more comfortable rhythms of a pennant race, and Upton has gotten a second wind. ...

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