The Tigers are desperately need in a big bat of sorts and Adam Dunn, Victor Martinez, Jayson Werth and Carl Crawford have all been mentioned as possible answers for the Tigers. Another player who by all means looks to be available via trade should be considered.

Arizona 23-year old outfielder Justin Upton appears to be available and the Tigers should consider trading for him. (wire photo)

With rumors over the past couple weeks indicating that the Diamondbacks seem intent on dealing outfielder Justin Upton, I think the Tigers should possibly get involved in this if the price is right.

Upton is a 23-year old right fielder that appears to have unlimited potential. His numbers (.273 batting average, 17 homers, 69 RBIs, 18 steals) don’t scream out  at you but the skill set is there for the 2005 first-round draft pick. Upton, who spent a majority of the season as the Diamondbacks’ No. 3 hitter, has been in the majors since 2007 and his best season was in 2009 when he  hit .300 and hit a career-high 26 homers, had 86 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.

One of the problems for the Tigers are that they are one of four teams on his no-trade list, meaning Upton would have to approve a deal to go to Motown. Also what would the Tigers have to give up to get him? My guess would be one of their stud young pitchers for sure, but I’m not exactly sure Detroit has what Arizona wants. The other question is why would Arizona even want to part ways with a young talent?

Upton has had shoulder problems throughout his major league career, but I think it’s worth a shot at trying to acquire a young up and coming player.

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