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Justin Upton on the market again

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  November 7, 2012 04:03 PM

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- It was at the GM Meetings in 2010 when Arizona's Kevin Towers let it be known that he was taking offers on outfielder Justin Upton. Nothing came of it, although the Red Sox inquired.

And so it goes again.

Upton is back on the market according to Fox's Ken Rosenthal. The 25-year-old hit .280/.355/.430 last season with 17 homers and 67 RBIs. He is signed for three more seasons at $38.5 million.

Given their need in right field and payroll flexibility, the Red Sox are a match. But would Ben Cherington give up the prospects necessary to pry Upton away?

Arizona needs a shortstop and a third baseman. Getting a player like Upton would likely require moving somebody like Will Middlebrooks or Xander Bogaerts, at the very least.

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