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The Rays would need to be overwhelmed by any offer for B.J. Upton

Dec 5, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

B.J. Upton AP

There has been a lot of speculation about the Rays shopping B.J. Upton. He was a hot topic at the trade deadline and now, since the season has ended, many people think the Rays are willing to deal him.

But maybe not that willing.  Buster Olney tweets that the Rays would have to be “overwhelmed” by an offer in order to give him up.  Which seems a bit odd given that, with Desmond Jennings in the fold, Tampa Bay could easily afford to lose Upton. And given that he’s due a raise in his final year of arbitration, actually affording him would seem to be a legitimate concern.

But really, what are they gonna say?  “Eh, we’ll trade him. Got anything decent? No? Well, um, OK.”

  1. normb11 - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    “Must be overwhelmed” = Most common phrase heard on Day 1?

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    “We’d have to only slightly shrug at an offer to trade BJ Upton.”

    Good point Craig – saying anything other than comfirming that they’d have to be overwhelmed deeply hurts their negotiation stance.

  3. cur68 - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    Anthopolous should trade him for the Rasmus lads.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:09 PM


      • cur68 - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:16 PM

        Colby & his old man, Tony. Package deal.

  4. steve7921 - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    Did Buster also say that Upton was in the best shape of his life?

  5. pisano - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    This must be a joke. This guy’s been disappointment for a long time. Five years ago he was supposed to be a budding superstar, well guess what? it never happened. I think the Ray’s are trying to con someone, this guy will always be overrated.

    • hittfamily - Dec 5, 2011 at 5:31 PM

      He is 26. Why is it that at 26, BJ Upton is a washed up/never-has-been in most peoples eyes, but a 25 year old Yonder Alonso is a premier up and coming star, and prime trade bait? Desmond Jennings is 24, and an up and comer, but somehow Upton is washed up at 26? How? Why?

      • raysfan1 - Dec 5, 2011 at 6:10 PM

        I think a lot of folks forget he’s that young. He first came up at age 19, so he’s been around for 7 years. That said, ever since his shoulder injury, he’s been about a .240 hitter, so it may be that his upside is now somewhat limited–although his power #s and OBP have edged up slightly the last two years. I expect that he is what he is, which does not make him a bust by any means, but not an all-star either.

      • pisano - Dec 5, 2011 at 6:48 PM

        hlttfamily…..I didn’t say washed-up, but I said he never lived up to his billing. for one thing he strikes out a lot and for another he hits around .240 to .250, he was supposed to be a superstar, but it never happened. For the Ray’s to say they would have to be bowled over with an offer is a joke .

      • natstowngreg - Dec 5, 2011 at 6:59 PM

        He was supposed to be a superstar. He isn’t. Doesn’t mean he’s washed up or lacks any value, but he has less vaule than someone (like Alonso or Jennings) who could become a superstar.

      • hittfamily - Dec 5, 2011 at 10:44 PM

        Upton could become a superstar as well. A lot of players aren’t superstars at 25 years old….most superstars aren’t superstars at 25 years old. I agree he is unlikely to ever win a silver slugger, but the vitriol aimed his way because he “only” hits 20+ homers and steals 40+ bases while playing plus center field. Matt Kemp he is not, but he is still young, and a damn good ballplayer. He has a lot of value, and the Rays should have to be bowled over to trade him, because it would very difficult to replace his production, and impossible to replace his potential.

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