Gibson: 'I want Justin Upton on this team'
That includes right here in Phoenix, where Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton's name has surfaced as a potential trade candidate once again.
Arizona manager Kirk Gibson joined Burns & Gambo on Arizona Sports 620 Tuesday for his weekly chat, and shared his thoughts on the rumors circulating about his right fielder.
"Of course I want Justin on this team," he said. "I don't read into the 'rumors' and the birth of how it takes its own identity. The focus gets to Justin. We understand that's part of it, it's that time of year, and every year they get more sensationalized."
Whether or not the Diamondbacks are "shopping" Upton remains to be seen, but Gibson said he understands the process and respects what Arizona general manager Kevin Towers had to do.
"I think it's normal for just about any GM -- some listen to everybody, some exclude a few," Gibson said. "So I don't look at it like 'oh my God, we're going to trade Justin tomorrow.'"
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