Everyone knows the Arizona Diamondbacks need help at the shortstop position.
Most people agree the team would be willing to part with right fielder Justin Upton if it means landing a good, young shortstop.
They’ve been rumored to have interest in Texas’ Elvis Andrus and/or Jurickson Profar, neither of whom the Rangers appear to be ready to deal.
In turn, the D-backs may have turned their attention to Atlanta’s Andrelton Simmons, according to CBSSports.com baseball writer Danny Knobler.
Rangers wanted Upton enough that they tried to trade Olt for ATL’s Simmons (who AZ wants). Braves wouldn’t do it, tho.
— DKnobler (@DKnobler) November 12, 2012
Simmons, 23, hit .289 with 3 home runs and 19 RBI in 166 at bats last season, which was his first taste of the big leagues. He was the Braves’ fourth-best prospect according to Baseball America entering the 2012 season, and was the National League’s Rookie of the Month in June.