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Rumor: D-backs talking Upton for Lee trade with Philly

Oh, the rumors just keep on coming.

With the Winter Meetings going on in Nashville, there seems to be a new rumor concerning Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton, whom Arizona has shopped in some capacity in each of the last three offseasons.

But ESPN’s Pedro Gomez may have dropped the juiciest of rumors on Twitter:

As word of that idea spread, though, many sources chimed in to refute it.

Lee, 34, is coming off of a frustrating season with Philadelphia in which he went 6-9 with a 3.16 ERA in 30 starts. The 2008 American League Cy Young Award winner didn’t earn his first victory until July 31.

Lee is owed $87.5 million over the next three seasons, so presumably, a ton of money would need to come back to Diamondbacks in any deal with Philadelphia.

Upton, 25, had a down season in 2012 as well, hitting .280 with 17 home runs and 67 RBI. The former first overall draft pick has three years and approximately $38.5 million left on his contract.

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