I think that this move may come back and bite the Dbacks in the ass. They are giving up way too much talent in Justin Upton. I realize that he is not the emotional fireball that Kirk Gibson is looking for. Upton will be playing at a high level for the Braves much longer than Kirk Gibson will be the Manager of the Diamondbacks. And that’s when GM Kevin Towers will see that he made yet another bad move!!
Originally posted on HardballTalk:
Ken Rosenthal’s column on the Justin Upton trade is interesting. And, for Rosenthal, pretty sharp-edged. I kinda like it!
He spoke with some Diamondbacks players, and the picture they paint is that the biggest reason Upton is gone is because, if Rosenthal’s sources are representative of the team’s view of things, they basically want a roster full of Kirk Gibsons:
The Diamondbacks want a certain type of player — single-minded, outwardly intense, fierce. Cody Ross is that kind of player. Martin Prado is that kind of player. Upton is not, at least not in the estimation of Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson.
“The problem is that he didn’t play with a high level of energy,” said one of Upton’s former teammates who spoke on the condition that he would not be identified. “What I think they want is guys who play with the speed, energy and intensity of the Oregon football team — all out, all the time.