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Rays' Upton claimed, unlikely to move

Posted on: August 27, 2011 10:22 am
Edited on: August 27, 2011 2:27 pm
 
B.J. UptonBy C. Trent Rosecrans

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.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:12 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:35 am
 

Rays' Upton claimed, unlikely to move

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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 1:52 pm
 

Rays' Upton claimed, unlikely to move

JJV, as a Boston fan, I think AZ is now my favorite NL team.I doubt it will happen, but I like your idea of having BJ join his brother in Az.I know BJ's BA isn't that great this year, or even for his career.Nevertheless, I think he's an above average player.The guy just turned 27 & who's to say he wont get better? Either way, whether we like it or not some team will make him a crazy offer he wont be able to refuse.Werth,Crawford,Drew, & many other unproven players are getting multi-year contracts of 10 or 20 million a year.Vernon Wells is making 26M this year.Joe Mauer has 1 HR this year & he's getting 23M.These contracts are out of control(with no end in sight) & the owners have themselves to blame. I doubt the DBacks will pay BJ anything close to the offers that will be coming his way.

JJV, if you get the chance, how about getting the Dbacks to knock Philadelphia out of the playoffs.I'd love to see a Boston/Arizona world series.



Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: August 28, 2011 7:29 pm
 

Rays' Upton claimed, unlikely to move

yeah you got me, I'm actually not a baseball fan at all... Nor a Rays fan, just ran out of things to post about on the NHL/NFL sections. I figured you stat damsels would prove me wrong quickly about random B/S stats... Ofcourse that is what makes this game fun to you?
I'm glad I don't need to determine a factor of "chillness of ice" or "height of grass" to make my sports fun to me. As for BJ, he is actually a nice dude (truth), his biggest flaw is he is a part of a worthless sport.




Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: August 28, 2011 7:23 pm
 

Rays' Upton claimed, unlikely to move

Well you've completely down played Maddon's job details to non-existant... I guess we can all be baseball managers.



Since: Feb 19, 2011
Posted on: August 28, 2011 11:50 am
 

Rays' Upton claimed, unlikely to move

tampa shouldn't think twice about letting him go. the guy is horrible, and this is a gift the rays shouldn't ignore.



Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: August 28, 2011 9:43 am
 

Rays' Upton claimed, unlikely to move

I think what the "common" arm chair general does is confuse a lack of hustle with ones style of play.
We also look at statistics and overall productivity and it is just not there with B.J. Upton.

I guess this is why none of you are managers in the mlb.
You are the manager of which MLB team?

If Maddon (recently named players manager of the year) thought this guy dogged it on more than a few occasions i doubt he would have him start every game or in retrospect keep him around.
Maddon is not the only one within the Rays organization who has say as to whether Upton plays or not. Ownership who signs the paychecks of both Upton and Maddon have the greatest say, and with the significant investment that they have in Upton they were going to give him every chance to pan out before cutting bait on him like they are trying to do now.

Over the last 14 games the Rays have twice as much wins as the Yanks.
WRONG!!!Over the last 14 games the Rays are 9 and 5 while the Yankees are 8 and 6. You may want to take a remedial math course there. You may also want to check your facts before making such absurd claims. 
I am not a Rays fan, but have had the opportunity to meet the guy, soft spoken and down to earth.
You say that you are not a Rays fan but by your posting you admit to watching many of their games come down to the wire and in your profile you list the Rays as your favorite baseball team. That is the epitome of being a fan.








Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: August 28, 2011 6:33 am
 

Rays' Upton claimed, unlikely to move

Ofcourse the rays have decent pitching corps and that Kotchmann kid has come out of no where...



Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: August 28, 2011 6:33 am
 

Rays' Upton claimed, unlikely to move

Ofcourse the rays have decent pitching corps and that Kotchmann kid has come out of no where...



Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: August 28, 2011 6:30 am
 

Rays' Upton claimed, unlikely to move

I think what the "common" arm chair general does is confuse a lack of hustle with ones style of play. I guess this is why none of you are managers in the mlb. If Maddon (recently named players manager of the year) thought this guy dogged it on more than a few occasions i doubt he would have him start every game or in retrospect keep him around. This would ofcourse be a major morale breaker amongst a full team of players that constantly give a full effort. BJ has yet to pan out to be a great player, as many anticipated him to be, but he is a solid fielder. In a sher statistical crunch he is also the most clutch player on the rays this year. Seeing how many Rays games have come down to the wire this year, i'd say he is the main reason they're still possible contenders. Over the last 14 games the Rays have twice as much wins as the Yanks. While Upton is playing his best. What I believe has hurt BJ's career the most was the rays urge to bring him to the big leagues as fast as they did. I am not a Rays fan, but have had the opportunity to meet the guy, soft spoken and down to earth.


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