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B.J. Upton stays with Rays as deadline for deal passes

Aug 29, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

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B.J. Upton was reportedly claimed off revocable waivers by an undisclosed team, but it’s a moot point now because the 48-hour window for the Rays to make a deal has passed.

Tampa Bay pulled him back off waivers, meaning Upton is ineligible to be traded this season. He’s under team control for next season via arbitration and it likely makes more sense for the Rays to shop him around again once their options aren’t limited.

Several teams have been linked to Upton, with the Nationals perhaps being connected to him most often dating back to the July 31 trade deadline.

With Desmond Jennings waiting in the wings as a replacement in center field and Upton set to earn at least $6 million in 2012 despite another disappointing season he seemingly doesn’t fit into the Rays’ always budget-conscious plans any longer.

  1. hittfamily - Aug 29, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    I am glad they didn’t trade him. The Rays are 6.5 out of the playoffs, with 12 games remaining against the Sox and Yanks. The Sox and Yanks meet a few more times too. A few sweeps and the playoff picture gets very interesting. The Rays are the best team in baseball going back 25 games. BJ Upton is not a great player, but he’s better than Sam Fuld or Reid Brignac, his possible replacements.

    Trade him in the offseason, as well as a pitcher, and get the load that Friedman always gets (praying Friedman is till in Tampa).

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