The Diamondbacks want to “win” any Justin Upton trade. What does that mean?

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This from Rosenthal and Morosi:

“The Diamondbacks are making it clear to potential suitors they intend to “win” any trade involving Upton, who is 23 and under contract through 2015.”

What does that even mean?  What team is going to say “yes, Arizona, we understand.  We will make sure that any offer to you will be such that you receive greater value in this transaction than we would receive in return. That is completely reasonable in our view.”

No trade happens unless the other team thinks it’s getting a good deal too. That could mean a good deal in players. That could mean salary relief. That could mean a lot of things.  But what executive would actually be on board with the notion that the other team must come out on top, or else no trade is made?

None. Which means that this sort of thing is merely P.R. signaling by someone. Either the Diamondbacks, trying to calm fans who are worried about them trading a guy who, ten minutes ago, was supposed to be the future of the franchise (i.e. telling them that, by definition, the trade will be a win for us), or other teams who want to have an excuse ready for fans when they do not land Upton despite having the players and the need to make it happen (i.e. the Diamondbacks wanted too much).

A-Rod to join ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball booth

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Alex Rodriguez’s post-retirement renaissance continues apace. After starring as a studio host for Fox’s playoff coverage over the past couple of years, A-Rod is about to be named to, arguably, televised baseball’s top job: color commentary in ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball booth.

Michael McCarthy of The Sporting News is hearing that ESPN is going to give the gig, vacated by Aaron Boone by virtue of his hiring by the Yankees, to Rodriguez. There he’ll join Jessica Mendoza and whoever they get to replace play-by-play man Dan Shulman, who chose to step back from the Sunday night job following last season. This, by the way, marks the second time A-Rod has taken over Aaron Boone’s job given that he replaced Boone at third base for the Yankees in 2004.

The twist: A-Rod is likely to keep his Fox postseason job too. While some broadcasters work for multiple networks, it’s pretty rare for Fox to allow its talents to work for competitors like that. Apparently they believe keeping A-Rod — who five years ago was one of the most despised figures in baseball — is worth it. What a difference a few years makes.

In other news, Alex Rodriguez is likely to be shunned mightily by the current crop of BBWAA voters when he hits the Hall of Fame ballot in a couple of years. At the rate he’s going, though, their successors will put him in Cooperstown via the Ford Frick Award sometime in the 2040s.