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Updated Jul 12, 2012 - 9:55 am

D-backs GM not afraid to trade a player like Justin Upton

Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers knows there is an inherent risk with any trade, but especially if he deals a talent like Justin Upton.

After all, any time you give up someone -- anyone -- the deal has potential to backfire on you if he goes on to succeed somewhere else.

So, while he told Arizona Sports 620's Doug and Wolf it makes sense to listen to trade ideas from anyone and for anyone, he won't be afraid to pull the trigger on a deal because of what could happen down the road.

"I think anytime you're talking about players like Justin Upton there's always that chance that if you end up moving him it could backfire on you, but you have to have confidence in yourself, in your evaluators," Towers said. "You have to be realistic on where your voids are; the outfield is an area where we have depth."

Towers was not only talking about Gerardo Parra, who is a Gold Glove winner that has been relegated to somewhat of a bench role this season, but mentioned minor leaguers A.J. Pollock and Adam Eaton, both of whom appear to have promising careers ahead of them.

But if those sound like the words of someone who is prepared to part with a 24-year-old two-time All-Star, don't get the wrong impression. Towers is willing to make any deal if he thinks it will improve the Diamondbacks, so if a move is made, know he truly believes it is for the best.

"I've always looked at trades at as long as the players we're getting back make the Diamondbacks a better ballclub, not only now but going forward, and the player I end up moving ends up being a good player for the other ballclub, those are good deals," he said. "That prompts more deals to happen.

"I think when GMs are out there looking to win every deal, they don't make any deals."

And Towers, it's no surprise, is looking to deal. The D- backs are 42-43 and four games back of NL West-leading Los Angeles, and could use some help around the diamond.

"I do believe in this club that we have here on the field," he said. "Any moves that we would think about doing right now are really for the present. We're kind of win win-mode, we're not in sell- mode by any means. "

Towers said that means looking for help on the left side of the infield.

"I don't think there's any real secret, the corner, we've had several guys playing at third," he said. "That's probably an area we're looking at."

Towers also said the team could use some insurance at shortstop, as Stephen Drew is likely to become a free agent after the season, as well as catcher, where incumbent Miguel Montero may be the only MLB-caliber player in the organization.

And that's where moving Upton could really help, risks and all.


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