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Could B.J. Upton be on the move?

Posted on: July 23, 2011 2:30 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2011 2:42 pm
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B.J. Upton

By C. Trent Rosecrans


If you weren't breathlessly following the baseball folk on Twitter around midnight Friday night, you missed the big B.J. Upton trade.

Or what turned out not to be a trade -- but Upton is still a Ray. For now, at least. ESPN.com's Buster Olney tweets the interest in Upton "is growing," but warns it may be "price-shopping comparison" to Hunter Pence and Carlos Beltran.

Upton was removed from Friday night's game in Kansas City in the eighth inning, about time word was coming out that the Rays had called up their top position prospect, Desmond Jennings.

After the game, reporters rushed to Upton, who told them he hadn't been traded. Instead, the team designated shortstop Reid Brignac and plan on using Jennings every day in the leadoff spot and in left field.

Upton would certainly be an interesting piece to a lot of teams -- the 26-year-old (who turns 27 next month) has one more year of arbitration before becoming a free agent following the 2012 season. The second-overall pick of the 2002 draft reached the big leagues at 19 in 2004 before really sticking in 2007, when he played 129 games. Since then, he's been a frustrating player, showing all the tools, but failing to put it all together at once and sometimes leaving teammates, his manager and fans alike questioning his effort.

This season he's hitting .232/.312/.400 with 15 home runs and 52 RBI to go along with 23 stolen bases. He's making $4.83 million this season and will likely get a bump in the arbitration process.

The Rays could just be putting Upton out on the trade block to see what the market will bear. With a player at a premium position such as center field, it's wise to see what he could bring in return -- much like the Diamondbacks did with his younger brother, Justin, this past offseason. It could also prove to be a long-term solution for a team like the Nationals, who are desperate for a center fielder. He could also produce some pop for any team looking for an offensive jolt.

One thing to consider may be that the Rays don't necessarily see themselves out of the playoff race. Tampa Bay currently sits 8 1/2 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East and 6 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the wild-card race. The reason for the optimism is their schedule. The team's next 19 games are against the Royals, A's, Mariners and Blue Jays. The Rays follow that stretch with three games in New York and another three in Boston.

That stretch would put the Rays through the non-waiver trade deadline before making a determination whether to buy or sell. It would be interesting to see if Upton would get through the wiaver process. If he is indeed the piece the Nationals covet, they would have a good chance of winning a waiver claim on Upton and then the two teams would have a chance to work out a trade.

As for the Rays, it makes sense to put him out there -- after all, listening doesn't cost a thing. 

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:13 am
 

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Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2011 12:53 pm
 

Could B.J. Upton be on the move?

NoCal buc - two things the Rays don't need are pitching and a 1st baseman. Currently the Rays are 5th in ERA and our 1st baseman has ths the 4th best BA in the AL.




Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: July 24, 2011 12:42 pm
 

Could B.J. Upton be on the move?

I like B.J. Upton. It's too bad that he had to be so overrated when he came in to the league that now his .240, 25HR, 90, 90, 40SB season is getting him called a lazy punk who doesn't hustle. He came out and said he will never be a "leader" in the locker room. I guess that's kinda cheap but at least he is honest. He gets too much flack.




Since: Jun 23, 2010
Posted on: July 24, 2011 11:59 am
 

Could B.J. Upton be on the move?

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Since: Jun 23, 2010
Posted on: July 24, 2011 11:58 am
 

Could B.J. Upton be on the move?

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Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: July 24, 2011 10:03 am
 

Could B.J. Upton be on the move?

Any chance he stays in A.L.?



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Posted on: July 24, 2011 1:20 am
 

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Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: July 23, 2011 11:15 pm
 

Could B.J. Upton be on the move?

 Heard rumblings here in St. Louis of a trade sending Upton to the Cardinals for Colby Rasmus. Not sure if I would like that. Sounds like it's one team trading away it's gifted but ultimately frustrating centerfielder for another's. Both could be really good players someday. Maybe a change of scenery could be good for both. But if the Cards really are going to give up on Rasmus, I would like to see them get something more safe in return and fills a need. Like a solid reliever for the pen. Not gamble on a player in pretty much the same boat Rasmus is. One thing for sure though, I think Rasmus days in St. Louis are numbered. For whatever reasons, it's not going to work here with him. I think he has a better shot at getting moved than BJ Upton. 


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