Report: Diamondbacks, Phillies discussing Justin Upton, Cliff Lee swap

Wednesday December 5th, 2012

The Arizona Diamondbacks and Philadelphia Phillies are discussing a blockbuster trade involving outfielder Justin Upton and pitcher Cliff Lee, according's Pedro Gomez.

The Diamondbacks, one of the more active teams at the Winter Meetings based on reports out of Nashville, could land Lee for Upton, with the Phillies sending additional money to Arizona, Gomez tweeted.

But Arizona general manager Kevin Towers has long coveted a young shortstop, and Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan is reporting that Upton and Lee could simply be the foundation of a larger deal.

Multiple other reporters are refuting the rumor, including's Jim Salisbury and's Jon Heyman, as well as Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson:

The Phillies reportedly considered trading Lee, 34, at last season's deadline in the midst of just the second year of a five-year, $120-million contract. He finished the season with a 3.16 ERA and 207 strikeouts to 28 walks. During the 2009 offseason, Lee was involved in a stunning three-way trade that sent him to the Mariners for prospects, with the Blue Jays also sending Roy Halladay to Philadelphia for prospects. Upton, 25,  hit .280 with 17 home runs in 2012. He was drafted by Arizona with the first overall pick in 2005, and has slugged 108 homers in four-plus seasons amid repeated trade talk.

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