According to ESPN's Bruce Levine, the Cubs looked into acquiring OF Justin Upton but quickly walked away.
The Diamondbacks asked for SS Starlin Castro. Understandably, the Cubs found the idea of trading a 22 year old SS for a 25 year old unacceptable. I couldn't agree more.
I'm okay with the idea of giving up good young players to add a big, young established power hitter, but a corner OF'er simply doesn't have the kind of value that a young all-around SS does. Frankly, it's so ridiculous you have to wonder how serious the Diamondbacks are about trading Upton.
The Diamondbacks keep trying to pry a young SS loose, so it's not like they have no concept of positional value. You'd figure after the Indians refused to part with Asdrubal Cabrera, then the Braves reluctance to deal Andrelton Simmons, and the way the Rangers rejected overtures on both Elvis Andrus and Jurickson Profar, that the D'Backs would realize they aren't fooling anyone.
Apart from the difference in value, there's the problem of trading core pieces for core pieces. Even if Upton could offer equal value, the deal still doesn't make any sense. Now you have a young RF as a core player but created a hole at SS. What's the point? And please don't tell me it's okay because the Cubs have depth at SS. Tell me that when those guys are hitting at AA while still projecting to play SS at the MLB level -- and even then you lean toward trading the prospects over the established, cost-controlled young all-star.
I've said a lot on this subject so I'm not eager to rehash everything. What I can say is that it's good to have a front office that understands value. Knowing that the Cubs quickly walked away from this kind of offer makes me feel even better about this team's direction.
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