Rumor update: Upton, Drew, Roberts et al

The Diamondbacks seeming inability to determine whether they’re going to

get back into the NL West race or fall hopelessly behind has

complicated their position relative to the upcoming trade deadline. But

it hasn’t quieted the rumor circuit.

Regarding Justin

Upton, FOXSports.com’s Ken

Rosenthal speculates that the Blue Jays are

interested — saying that he fits their pattern of acquiring “distressed

assets” a la Yunel Escobar and Colby Rasmus. Rosenthal doesn’t suggest

who might be part of a return package … although Escobar is now

blocking one of their top minor league prospects: shortstop Adeiny

Hechavarria.

The surprising Pirates, with a rare

window of opportunity in the NL Central, continue to be mentioned

prominently as a suitor for Upton’s services, but all indications are

that they are not a good match. Rosenthal’s colleague, Jon Paul Morosi,

points out that the Pirates

appear unwilling to include their top prospects,

which they have a habit of overrating.

And let’s not

forget that Kevin Towers is on the record as saying the Diamondbacks are

in “win” mode — countering the notion that prospects would be enough

to extract Upton.

Morosi, who lives in Detroit, says

the Tigers have also been snooping around the D-backs’ shelves, but not

necessarily for Upton. He writes that Stephen

Drew and/or Ryan Roberts could be useful additions

in Motown. He mentions Jhonny Peralta as a possible trade chip for the

Tigers, a move that could make some sense for the Diamondbacks

regardless of whether they remain in the race. Morosi also told FOX Sports

Detroit that the Tigers could be interested in Aaron

Hill and/or Willie Bloomquist because of their desire to upgrade at

second base.