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Report: B.J. Upton claimed off revocable waivers

Aug 27, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

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B.J. Upton survived the trade deadline in a Rays’ uniform, but there’s still a chance he could have a new home before the end of the season.

According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Upton was claimed off revocable waivers by an unknown team.

Topkin suspects the mystery team could be the Nationals, who have expressed interest in the past, though Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post wrote earlier this week that “there’s healthy debate within the Nationals about the merits of making Upton their answer in center field.”

The Rays have until Monday to work out a trade with the claiming team, but Topkin believes a deal is unlikely at this time.

Upton, 27, is batting .223/.303/.387 with 17 homers, 58 RBI, 26 stolen bases and a .691 OPS over 499 plate appearances this season. He is making $4.825 million in 2011 and is arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Aug 27, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Is it finally time that we can get people to admit he’s not a great player? He plays good defense and can swing from the heels with the best of ’em. He’s got good speed and that’s it. He’s never going to live up to his hype from back in the day and he shouldn’t be anyone’s long-term answer in center field, let alone a team like the Nats who are on the way up right now.

    • The Baseball Idiot - Aug 27, 2011 at 11:37 AM

      He reminds of Bo Jackson. He’s young. Give him time.

      • Jeremiah Graves - Aug 27, 2011 at 5:18 PM

        He’s been in the bigs for the better part of seven seasons. He’s got nearly 800 career games under his belt and aside from two good–not great–years he’s never proven to be worthy of an everyday starting gig, especially not on a legitimate contender.

      • The Baseball Idiot - Aug 27, 2011 at 5:27 PM

        As a Royals fan, I’d be more than willing to trade you Upton for Franceour.Straight up. Any day.

  2. jimbo1949 - Aug 27, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Could Whizzo be trying to seal another 7 year deal?

  3. pisano - Aug 27, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Like I said in an earlier post, the guy can’t hit his ass with both hands. He’d be a good defensive late inning replacement, pinch runner, but worthless with a bat. .223 doesn’t get it in the big league’s. Oh and by the way, remember half his games are on turf so on grass his ave. might be even lower. I’m sure the Rays will be open to cutting ties with him.

    • jibiral - Aug 27, 2011 at 11:25 AM

      His BABIP this year is .279, well below his career average. I doubt the turf is helping him that much considering his BABIP at home is an even more unlucky .220.

    • kinggw - Aug 27, 2011 at 7:07 PM

      You are just a hater, plain and simple. Regardless of Upton’s average he’s far better than a backup. He’s a 20/20 guy now and will be a 30/30 guy going forward. Upton is similar to players like Sizemore and Granderson who dont have the highest averages but bring power and speed to the table. He is never going to win the batting title but I would have no problems if he ends up in DC.

      • pisano - Aug 27, 2011 at 11:01 PM

        I could care less about him one way or another, I’m just stating facts. He seems to get worse offensively every year. Three years ago he was suppose to be one of the next superstars, but that won’t happen. He appears to be able to steal bases, and is a good outfielder but he doesn’t seem to be able to hit for an average. In my opinion he has been overrated for years.

      • jeffbbf - Aug 28, 2011 at 1:10 PM

        Similar to Sizemore and Granderson? Now *that’s* funny. He has neither the on-base skills Sizemore has displayed nor the consistent power Granderson has displayed. As a matter of fact, baseball reference compares him most closely, statistically, to such greats as Mark Teahan, Rob Mackowiak, Robert Fick, and Chris Singleton. Another close one is Nate McClouth, whom I find the best comparison. One season where people thought he was an up and coming superstar, the next season where analysts were scratching their heads wondering why he didn’t improve, and a a garbage truck load of unproductive results after that.

  4. rjostewart - Aug 27, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    I doubt it was the Nats. Wouldn’t he have to make it through the entire AL first on waivers? Can’t imagine someone else wouldn’t have put in a claim.

    • dondada10 - Aug 27, 2011 at 6:41 PM

      I thought the opposite league got first cracks at a waived player.

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