Last week we wrote that BJ Upton might be a strong candidate to be traded at some point this summer. And now comes word from Ken Rosenthal and Peter Gammons that the Washington Nationals might be interested.
In Rosenthal’s latest column, he says Upton is the Nats’ ideal trade target, saying they would acquire him “in a perfect world.” Rosenthal goes on to clarify that the Rays won’t take offers for Upton unless they are no longer in contention.
But that hasn’t stopped the Nationals from taking a look.
Gammons reported yesterday on the MLB Network that the Nationals had a scout at the Trop last night to watch Upton. Of course Upton did not play, so it might be reasonable to expect that the scout will also attend today’s game.
With the emergence of Sam Fuld, the Rays may find it even easier to move Upton once Desmond Jennings is deemed ready. But until that happens, Upton is not going anywhere. Then again, Jennings does have a .472 OBP, 2 home runs and 4 steals in the first 12 games of the season. So a move could come sooner rather than later.