MLB.com reports the Diamondbacks are exploring long-term contracts for third baseman Mark Reynolds and right fielder Justin Upton.
"We always have those conversations. Whether we can get them done or not, I don’t know," general manager Josh Byrnes told the Web site during the club’s fan festival last weekend. "It’s an issue we try to stay ahead of. We’ve talked to those guys. We’ll see if it leads to a deal or not."
Reynolds, 26, and Upton, 22, are considered two of the Diamondbacks’ core players. Both are under the club’s control for the next four seasons.
Reynolds confirmed to the Web site that discussions have taken place.
"It’s kind of a sticky situation," Reynolds was quoted as saying. "I don’t really want to say much about it, but there are talks. There’s years being thrown back and forth right now. No money yet, but it could be anywhere from a two- to three-year deal with a couple of options is what I hear. I think the week of the 15th there’s going to be some formal offers made, at least that’s what my agent told me."