Diamondbacks lock up Upton

by on March 3, 2010   3 Comments

The Arizona Diamondbacks locked up 22-year-old Justin Upton with a 6 year deal worth $51.25 million.  Upton is coming off a year in which he posted a .300 batting average with an .899 OPS.  Upton also knocked 26 homeruns drove in 86 runs, while stealing 20 bases in 138 games, earning his first career All-Star appearance.

This is a fantastic deal for both Upton and the Diamonbacks organization.  Arizona buys out all of Upton’s remaining arbitration years plus two years of free agency, while Upton is set to become a free agent at age 28, entering his prime and likely getting ready for a big contract.  The Diamondbacks likely saved themselves some money by buying out Upton’s arbitration years, and also guaranteed themselves an additional two more years of his service before he hits the open market.  The plus side for Upton is that he now has that guaranteed money with a nice contract, and will hit free agency as he should be hitting his prime.

At just 22, Upton shows a lot of upside and looks to be a potential 30/30 guy who will hit around .300 while playing good defense.

Author: Matt Pennington
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  1. Fantastic deal for the Diamondbacks. The economy is going to recover and by the end of this deal Upton is going to be a steal. You better believe he has a Yankees poster in his room with “2016” written on it.

    Comment by Jason Wuerfel
    March 3, 2010 at 9:43 pm

  2. I have a feeling there will be a long list of teams foaming at the mouth for a chance at him. Arizona needs to do everything they can to put pieces around him to either (A) win while they have him, or (B) do what the Cleveland Cavaliers are doing and try to entice him to stay by a commitment to winning. For some reason, I have a feeling it will be neither of those options, though…

    Comment by Matt Pennington
    March 4, 2010 at 12:40 am

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