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.

Steven Wright undergoes procedures on left knee

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The Red Sox announced that starter Steven Wright underwent a left knee arthroscopy and debridement on Monday in New York. There is no timetable yet for his recovery, so it is still not known if he will be ready for spring training.

Wright, 34, was bothered by left knee issues throughout the 2018 season. He made four starts and 16 relief appearances totaling 53 2/3 innings, posting a 2.68 ERA with 42 strikeouts and 26 walks. Wright was on the ALDS roster but was removed due to the knee issue and did not appear in the postseason.

Wright is entering his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. He is due a raise on his $1.1 million salary. The Red Sox could non-tender him, but that seems unlikely.