If you have been hanging around these parts for a while, you know that the model for this site is to tell you what the Rays have done, what they are doing and try to project what they will do based on what we have learned. Unlike most team blogs, we do not very often tell you what the Tampa Bay Rays should do. However, for the next 12 days we will step away from the standard, and we present to you 12 “presents” the Tampa Bay Rays should give to their fans.

On the seventh day of Raysmas, the Tampa Bay Rays gave to us, a SEVEN-year extension for BJ Upton…

Two days ago we hoped the Rays would give Matt Garza a five-year extension. While they are being generous, they might as well go ahead secure BJ Upton for the next seven seasons (including options).

Upton is eligible for free agency following the 2012 season, so a seven-year deal would buy out his first three years of free agency. That may seem like a lot, but we can dream can’t we?

Last season, Upton was worth 4.3 wins with only one arm. So if the Rays love their fans, they will sign Upton long-term, before he grows a cape, tattoos an “S” to his chest and starts announcing his presence with authority.

And if Upton agrees to a deal, we promise to stop calling him Melvin…well, we promise to stop doing it so often.

On the seventh day of Raysmas, all Rays fans want is a SEVEN-year extension for BJ Upton and…
SIX months with at least 15 wins [Day 6]
FIVE-year extension for Matt Garza
[Day 5]
FOUR pitchers with 15 wins [Day 4]
THREE Gold Glove awards [Day 3]
TWO months in triple-A for David Price [Day 2]
ONE impact bat with a bow on top [Day 1]



  1. DirtbagFan says:

    This is your most far-fetched Raysmas wish so far... I don't think Upton would sign anything at this point- I believe he is already intent upon testing the market even if the Rays offered him Yankee money.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I would do that but first someone needs to teach him how to stop striking out so much.He struck out a lot even with a healthy shoulder.

  3. Robert Rittner says:


    An out is an out. The "problem" of striking out is minimally significant. And yes, I know all about "productive outs" and the view that making contact gives you a chance to get on base. The point remains that an out is an out, and if you strike out or ground out, except in a few specific circumstances (which are balanced by others where the ground ball is even worse), it is pretty much the same thing.


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