Earlier this week, the Rays failed to reach a contract agreement with BJ Upton and will head to arbitration to settle a $300K difference-of-opinion (Upton wants $3.3m, the Rays are offering $3.0m).
An anonymous writer at ESPN.com (scroll down to 2:49pm) hears hoof beats and thinks zebras. And after reading this piece we are beginning to wonder if ESPN.com has lost their goddamned minds…
At some point soon the Rays may consider trading Upton as outfield prospect Desmond Jennings continues to develop, and that time could come as early as this season. Upton is starting to make some real money and Jennings is on the cusp of the big leagues.
Nevermind that the Rays have another outfielder (Carl Crawford) that makes a LOT more money than Upton and is a free agent after the season and that Jennings is more likely to take his spot. No, let’s ignore that obvious fail in the above statement and skip straight to the teams that anonymous writer says the Rays could trade Upton to…
- New York Mets
- San Francisco Giants
- Texas Rangers
- Chicago Cubs
- Chicago White Sox
- Los Angeles Dodgers
- New York Yankees
- Boston Red Sox
Let’s ignore for another second that this writer spent so much time on this list that he basically just wrote down the top payrolls in baseball.
No, it is the final two teams on that list that we would like to address…
On the universal list of things that might happen this season, we have to imagine “Rays trade BJ Upton to divisional rival Yankees/Red Sox” would fall somewhere after Don Zimmer being named the starting pitcher for game 7 of the World Series and just ahead of NOTHING.
Folks, we can’t make it up. ESPN.com actually pays somebody for this shit.