Much of the offseason trade speculation involving the Arizona Diamondbacks has centered on right fielder Justin Upton.
But sources told FOXSports.com late Monday that the team has had at least as much trade dialogue in recent days about outfielder Jason Kubel.
Kubel spent his entire career in the American League until signing with the Diamondbacks before this season, and he would fit well with a number of AL clubs – including the Red Sox, Orioles, Yankees, Rays, Rangers and Mariners.
It’s possible that Kubel will draw interest from a larger number of teams than Upton, because his contract is smaller and asking price likely lower. Upton is due $38.5 million over the next three seasons, while Kubel is under contract for $7.5 million this year with a $7.5 million mutual option for 2014.
Kubel is coming off a better offensive season than Upton, with an .833 OPS compared to .785 for Upton. But Upton is coveted for his overall skill set (an average of 23 home runs and 19 stolen bases over the past four seasons) and youth (25).
If the Diamondbacks deal Kubel and keep Upton, they could have a starting outfield of Gerardo Parra, Adam Eaton and Upton, with A.J. Pollock ready to assume a greater role.
-- Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal