Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers told Steve Gilbert of MLB.com that he plans to know by the end of the Winter Meetings next week whether the club will keep Justin Upton.
“There comes a point in time when we’ve kicked the tires, gone through the process and you finally say ‘We’re keeping him. We should have a real good idea by the end of the meetings.”
It’s been deadsville on the Upton front for a week or so. One gets the sense that the Dbacks were just taking a shot at suckering someone into overpaying. It didn’t work, and they’ll put the notion to rest. Can’t say I blame them for trying. Can’t say I’d be sad to keep Justin Upton on my team going forward if I was Kevin Towers.
The Dodgers announced that pitching prospect Walker Buehler will be called up to start on Monday against the Marlins. Rich Hill went on the 10-day disabled list with a cracked fingernail, so Buehler will serve as a fill-in while the lefty is out, likely for just one start.
Buehler, a 23-year-old right-hander, made his major league debut last September, making eight relief appearances. He struggled, yielding eight runs on 11 hits and eight walks with 12 strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings. He was off to a good start to his 2018 season at Triple-A Oklahoma City, owning a 2.08 ERA with 16 strikeouts and four walks in 13 innings.
Monday will be Buehler’s first major league start. He is the Dodgers’ No. 1 prospect and No. 12 overall in baseball according to MLB Pipeline.