The Justin Upton rumors are starting to heat up. The San Diego Padres were able to land Justin Upton in a deal with the Braves in the off-season, and it appears that they could be shipping him out with one-year left on his deal. The Baltimore Orioles were reportedly interested yesterday, and now the Pirates are joining the running, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.
#Pirates interested in Justin Upton, but they will prioritize an infielder if Jordy Mercer is out for extended period. Holding pattern now.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 20, 2015
The Pirates will of course wait to see how severe Jordy Mercer’s injury is as Morosi mentioned. Mercer collided with Carlos Gomez in yesterday’s Pirates-Brewers game while Mercer was trying to turn a double play. Upton is batting .252 with 15 home runs and 49 runs batted in through 89 games with the Padres this season.
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