Diamondbacks no longer fielding offers for Justin Upton

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Shortly after taking over as the Diamondbacks’ new general manager Kevin Towers made headlines by saying he was open to fielding offers for 23-year-old right fielder Justin Upton.

Presumably every other GM in baseball called to express interest and without question fans from every team in baseball tried to dream up potential trade packages that could acquire Upton.

And now Towers has (smartly) taken him off the market, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com.

Towers was pretty open about his intentions the whole time, basically saying that there’s no harm in seeing what type of offers are out there and describing the whole process as little more than “kicking the tires” on trade possibilities. Assuming Upton wasn’t terribly bothered by seeing his name in the headlines for a couple weeks, of course.

He’s one of the 20 or so most valuable commodities in baseball and is signed through 2015.

Report: Glen Perkins will retire from baseball

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According to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Twins GM Thad Levine told 1390 Granite City Sports that reliever Glen Perkins will retire.

Perkins, 34, has battled shoulder injuries over the last two years, limiting him to a total of 7 2/3 innings between 2016-17. His decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the circumstances. The Twins declined his $6.5 million club option back in October, making him a free agent.

Across parts of 12 seasons, all with the Twins, Perkins compiled a 3.88 ERA with 120 saves and a 504/158 K/BB ratio in 624 1/3 innings. He ranked among baseball’s best closers from 2013-15, racking up 102 of those saves with a 3.08 ERA. The lefty made the American League All-Star team in each of those three seasons.