The Texas Rangers, Cincinnati Reds, Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Indians are among the other teams that could pursue help in center. Additional spots could open if players such as Minnesota’s Denard Span and Colorado’s Dexter Fowler are traded.
The Washington Nationals are a wild card in the market — their pursuit of a center fielder could hinge on whether they re-sign free-agent first baseman Adam LaRoche.
If the Nationals keep LaRoche, their outfield next season could be Michael Morse in left, Bryce Harper in center and Jayson Werth in right.
But even then, the Nationals could trade Morse and move Harper to open a spot for a center fielder, with Upton, Pagan and Michael Bourn among their possible targets.