Oakland Athletics no longer on Justin Upton’s no-trade list

Jul 15, 2012, 2:42 AM | Updated: 4:18 am

Add the Oakland Athletics to the list of possible suitors for Justin Upton, if
the Arizona Diamondbacks decide to move him.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the
Diamondbacks’ right fielder has removed the Athletics from his trade veto
list, making a deal between the two clubs feasible.

The Athletics were on Upton’s no-trade list. They no longer are, according
to
sources with knowledge of his contract.

Upton is permitted to block trades to four teams per season, according to
the six-year, $51.25 million extension he signed with the D-backs in
March 2010.

According to sources, Upton has altered his no-trade list this season and
three of the four teams have now changed.

During the 2010-11 offseason, the four teams Upton could block trades to
were the Oakland Athletics, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals and
Cleveland Indians.

The New York Yankees have since been added to Upton’s list, although the
other teams remain unknown.

The D-backs haven’t decided if they will deal Upton but after sputtering out
of the gate in the second half and the Athletics emerging as a surprise
contender, you’d have to wonder if these two clubs could discuss a trade
and see if there’s a potential fit.

While a deal between the two still seems remote, the D-backs are now able
to wheel and deal with Oakland.

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