During the Arizona Diamondbacks FanFest at Chase Field last month team officials discussed how they had begun conversations with the representatives of several of their core young players. Specifically they named third baseman Mark Reynolds, catcher Miguel Montero, and outfielder Justin Upton.

Of the three it was assumed Reynolds would be the first to sign with Upton being perhaps the hardest to sign to a long term contract due to his perceived value. It was therefore somewhat of a surprise when Upton was the first to agree to a long-term contract.

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