Seattle Mariners trade rumors have a Justin Upton trade getting rejected by Upton himself. A trade was reportedly in place with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday (Jan. 10) until Upton invoked his no-trade clause.
There was apparently a package of "young talent" going back to Arizona for him, but the names of the other players involved has not yet been reported. What is clear, though, is that Upton is taking full advantage of the no-trade clause his agent had put in place.
This is huge news for the Mariners, but it doesn't necessarily mean that the trade discussions are going to come to an end. This could be a ploy by Upton to gain leverage and possibly get a contract extension out of the deal. If the Mariners agreed to take on one or two years at the end of his current deal, Upton might be more likely to accept a trade to the Pacific Northwest.
It's certainly possible that Upton just doesn't want to play in Seattle, but it's a safe bet that Mariners fans are going to want to know which prospects were involved in the trade. Upton is under contract for three more seasons in Arizona, with his upcoming salaries valued at $9.75 in 2013, $14.25 million in 2014, and $14.5 million in 2015.
This won't be the end of the Seattle Mariners trade rumors and it's entirely possible that a Justin Upton trade still gets worked out. For now, though, the Mariners have held on to their "young talent."
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