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Updated Dec 9, 2012 - 10:00 am

D-backs Hot Stove: Winter Meetings in Nashville

The eyes of the baseball world are focused on Nashville, Tennessee (maybe for the first time ever, by the way) and the annual winter meetings.

The Arizona Diamondbacks have been rumored by some to be one of the most aggressive teams at the meetings, with right fielder Justin Upton being one of the most-talked about commodities discussed.

Here, we'll try to keep you abreast of all the Diamondbacks-related rumblings happening in Music City.

Saturday, December 8

Thursday, December 6

• Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports writes that a deal for Justin Upton could fuel the next round of moves around baseball.

• Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci thinks the time is right for the Diamondbacks and Justin Upton to part ways...and he brings up a startling comparison when talking about Upton's road statistics during his career.

• Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports chronicle the Rangers' hot pursuit of Upton.

• David Schoenfield of writes about his discussion with Eric Karabell on whether or not D-backs' RF Justin Upton is a top-ten building block in baseball.

Wednesday, December 5

• Anthony Castrovince of writes about a potential trade that would send young right-hander Trevor Bauer to Cleveland for shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.

• Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports wrote a piece about the possibility of a three-team trade between the Diamondbacks, Indians and Rays that would include Upton and Cleveland shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera coming to Arizona.

Tuesday, December 4

• ESPN's Tim Kurkjian and Jim Bowden talk about the rumors between the D-backs and Rangers involving Upton and Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus. (Insider subscription required)

• CBS Sports reports that the Diamondbacks are looking to shop outfielder Jason Kubel at the Winter Meetings in Nashville.

According to senior writers Scott Miller and Danny Knobler, Kubel the D-Backs are looking to deal Kubel and some even expect a trade to be completed Tuesday.

• The Diamondbacks have signed veteran infielder Eric Hinske to a one-year deal.

• CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported that the Diamondbacks met with the Seattle Mariners about Upton's availability. In a tweet, Heyman wondered if a package of prospects including right-hander Taijuan Walker and shortstop Nick Franklin would be enough. Both are considered top five prospects in the Seattle organization by Baseball America.

• Anthony Castrovince of takes a look at how the Justin Upton trade rumors have become a sort of tradition at the Winter Meetings...

• Doug Mittler of ESPN reports that the Diamondbacks still have plenty of interest (as do other teams) in Oakland free agent right-hander Brandon McCarthy. (Insider subscription required)

Monday, December 3

On December 1, Jayson Stark of ESPN wrote in his winter meetings preview that Upton would be the "human trade rumor" in Nashville.

For the third straight winter meetings, the Diamondbacks will spend the week listening on their intriguing 25-year-old right fielder. And although, as one AL exec put it, they might not be "aggressively shopping him, they've definitely done a good job of letting teams know they will listen."


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