Let the overreaction begin!
Rays center fielder B.J. Upton was claimed on waivers this week, Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports. The Rays have until Monday to work out a deal for Upton by whichever team claimed him.
However, Topkin notes its "unlikely" a deal will be made.
While the Nationals have been the team most interested in Upton, he would have to make it through all the teams in the American League for the Nationals to win a claim on him. Most players go through waivers at this point of the season, so just the point that he's been put on waivers -- and claimed -- means little.
That said, Upton thinks where there's smoke, there's fire. Even if he's not traded before this season is done, he told the Tampa Tribune's Roger Mooney that he doesn't expect to be a Ray next season.
"I hope not, but I don't see why I wouldn't be (traded) with all the talks at the deadline, and with this (waiver claim), I don't see why there wouldn't be that possibility," he said. "I don't want to go anywhere, but if that's what they want to do it's out of my hands."
Upton makes $4.825 million this season and will be arbitration-eligible this offseason before becoming a free agent after the 2012 season.