Right now I don't have anything else to talk about besides the Justin Upton trade situation. Since the Mariners got involved -- deeply involved -- we've in turn become invested in the sweepstakes. We want to know what's going on with Upton, even if he's destined to end up with another ballclub, and maybe even a rival ballclub. With that in mind, here's the latest update, which says absolutely not one single thing. Jon Heyman:
Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said he isn't lowering his trade request for star outfielder Justin Upton in the wake of the monster Mariners deal that didn't go through.
"I'm not taking less," Towers said here in a brief interview at the Scouts Foundation dinner. "I'm in no hurry."
Towers suggested the Seattle deal, which got a lot of attention around baseball as a rather large package, should be looked at as the baseline for another deal, not the ceiling.
This is one of those things that just didn't need to be written. It's a Justin Upton update that isn't in any way, shape, or form a Justin Upton update. The guy trying to trade Justin Upton didn't go on record as saying he's in a hurry to trade Upton on the cheap. That's what this is. And nobody would say that, because why would you say that, why wouldn't you say exactly what Kevin Towers said. I'm not going to sit here and say that the Diamondbacks don't have any leverage -- they were already basically going to trade Upton, and they negotiated for the Mariners package -- but Upton is a goner and people know it. Towers will take the best offer that's presented to him by a team to which Upton can and will go.
There can be value in having access, which I think is unquestionable. But I don't understand quoting people who have obvious agendas. It doesn't serve any meaningful purpose, and you end up with filler quotes, leading to filler written content. Filler written content is basically like soda -- sometimes you might think you want it, but it's never as good as you want it to be, and you're just generally worse off by the time you've finished. Your brain is dissatisfied, and it's not like your body's doing cartwheels. Soda is just awful. Filler written content is just awful. So is this post. Maybe I'm just part of the filler machine.
I am fascinated to see how the Upton situation works out. You should be too. No, forget that, I shouldn't tell you what you should and shouldn't do. At best, that's impolite.