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Just kicking tires out of boredom...Justin Upton.




Say this story that sounded like bs last year became reality this offseason and Justin Upton hits the trade market. Upton, as I'm sure you all know, is the 23 year old younger brother of BJ (aka Melvin) Upton. He also is  a stud all around RF with a line drive bat and big power potential. He's got the potential, and really has been, one of the more exciting all around players in the game. Just a couple years ago he was as big as Jason Heyward.

The Cubs currently have a logjam in the OF, and Soriano is locked into LF for the foreseeable future. That said, Colvin, Jackson, and Byrd are tradeable in this or similar type trades (Byrd in lesser ones obviously). After that we have a ton of minor leaguers that could fill out a trade like this so long as the Cubs are willing to giving up probably one of Colvin, Jackson, Cashner, Castro (lol), or Vitters. After that throw in few from Jay Jackson, Carpenter, Flaherty, LeMahieu,  Ha, Raley, Cerda, Dolis, I'm there's a guy named Cabrera in the system...you get the point.

So really, the Cubs have the trade bait. Do you think a guy like Justin Upton would be worth it? He was a 4+ win player at 21, he's a good glove, he can steal bases, and he's only 23. He's got alot going for him. The negatives are K's, the batting average, and probably losing the SBs as he gets older. That said, there's plenty of people who'll tell you he can be a .300 hitter in the future with 30+ HR power and 20+ SBs. Is that guy worth "selling the farm" for? What kind of player is worth selling the farm for? How many of these prospects do you think can/will be contributors for the Cubs soon? Is there a legitimate possibility that all of them are positive contributors for the Cubs? What kind of player would get that kind of treatment if he were to hit the trade market?

And yes, I'd rather have Pujols too.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or Al Yellon, managing editor (unless it's a FanPost posted by Al). FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable baseball fans.

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