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No B.J. Upton for Rays, Ian Desmond for Nationals tonight

Jul 27, 2011, 7:41 PM EDT

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Hunter Pence isn’t playing, but that seems well explainedB.J. Upton‘s absence from Tampa Bay’s lineup for the second time in four games, on the other hand, could and probably should be taken that a deal is close.

Also notable: there’s no Ian Desmond in the lineup for the Nationals tonight.  Washington has long been considered a likely destination for Upton, and the Rays may well want a shortstop in return after Reid Brignac‘s spectacular flameout this year.

You can bet we’ll be keeping an eye on things.

7:50 p.m. EDT update: Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times is hearing that there’s no deal currently in place for Upton.  That doesn’t mean something isn’t close.

8:20 p.m. EDT update: Upton said he was told by Maddon it was just a day off and that “there’s nothing going on.”  Upton has been slumping, but it’s still very odd to see him getting a second day off in four days, particularly since there’s no disciplinary reason for the move.

  1. hittfamily - Jul 27, 2011 at 7:51 PM


    Ian Desmond is freaking awful. As a Rays fan, I will be very disappointed.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 27, 2011 at 8:00 PM

      The Rays have to get something better than a trade centered around Ian Desmond. Don’t they?

      • hittfamily - Jul 27, 2011 at 9:29 PM

        From everything I have read, Upton will net either a top 25 pitching prospect, or a top 50 position prospect. He was expected to bring more than Beltran brought, so so far that is looking about right. His value should have gone up today because both Beltran and Rasmuss are off the market. Demand exceeds supply right now, and Friedman is a bad, bad man when others get desperate.

    • kinggw - Jul 27, 2011 at 9:21 PM

      Desmond is better than any shortstop the Rays have, and its his second year for crying out loud. How many shortstops tear it up in their second full year?

      • hittfamily - Jul 27, 2011 at 9:31 PM

        He sucked in the minors too. He’s 25. Not too optomistic about his future.

  2. depotmaster - Jul 27, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    This would mean nothing to me if both Desmond and Lombardozzi weren’t sitting out. It’s probably nothing but if Desmond were to go, Lombardozzi would come up.

  3. browniebuck - Jul 27, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    The Rays kill me…BJ Upton is a career .256 hitter that is hitting .227 this year. It isn’t like he is going to become a stud…he is what he is, an athlete that can hit the ball a mile (if he connects with it), steal bases (IF he gets on base…his strikeout numbers leave quite a bit to be desired), and make plays in the outfield (when he hustles).
    The Rays should be glad that anyone is offering them much of anything for him. I’ll give you Austin Kearns, Chad Durbin, and a bag of baseballs to send him to Cleveland…that’s about IT!

    • hittfamily - Jul 27, 2011 at 9:35 PM

      Wrong. Very wrong. He will steal 40 bases a every year and hit 20 homeruns. He is 26, and still has mad potential. He made his debut at 19, so that stunted his growth. We will revisit this when a top 50 prospect takes his place in the Rays organization.

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