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.

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  1. DRR says:

    So, the obvious question then is, what do the Nats have (that they would be willing to give up) that would be of interest to the Rays? Are we likely looking at another haul of prospects? Anyone that would be MLB-ready?

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  2. Sarah says:

    Also, I thought Jennings was being groomed to take over left field. So if he's replacing Upton in center, who's in left? I'm as thrilled with the "legend of Sam Fuld" as anyone, but we don't really expect him to be hitting over .300 by the all star break, do we?

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    • Cork Gaines says:

      I am as skeptical as anybody on Sam Fuld. And while he is not a .300 hitter, I think he can be a very useful player if he is a .280 hitter that gets some walks, plays good D and steals some bases. Maybe he doesnt play everyday, but i could see him out in LF 4-5 games a week. Remember, they still have Joyce and Zobrist that can play the OF. Between those four, I think you can field a solid outfield.

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      • Blake says:

        What kind of things are we expecting out of Guyer (the other former Cub)? Couldn't we see a future with Guyer and Joyce on the corners and Jennings manning the middle?

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  3. Don says:

    Looks like we found our CF last night...guarantee Fuld Made a couple of catches Upton NEVER gets to..not to mention 4 hits..thats a week for Upton../Ditch him now while he is doing somewhat good..later who knows
    Joyce Fuld Zobrist make us a serious outfield. Jennings soon and always S rod if necessary...GO for it AF!

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  4. Tone says:

    Could you find out what the Nationals have that could be a fit for the Rays? I see a prior comment wonders the same thing. I know they have SS Desmond who the Rays have been rumored to like; but I am not really familiar with their farm club. The Rays need a 1st baseman big time. I have seen Yonder of the Reds mentioned by fans as a possible target for the Rays. Also, saw on trade rumors some speculation of the Ranger's Chris Davis being of interest to the Rays. That guy has home run potential, but I know nothing about his 1st base skills.

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  5. Cliff says:

    Tyler Clippard? Solid end of bullpen guy.

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  6. Geo Hawthe says:

    I would be shocked to see BJ traded before mid season. We already know he doesnt want to re-sign, he has turned down years of contract extensions. Also hearing Nats are looking at the Astros' Bourne at CF if they become sellers.. dont know why the Nats would be buyers already unless they have little faith in their farm.

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    • Cork Gaines says:

      I think the Nationals are trying to be more competitive on the field right now. Their attendance was worse than the Rays last season. They've got a new ballpark, but they havent really been competitive since moving to DC They went out and spent all the money on Werth. It really seems they are in a mode where they will pay any price to win more games and get more fans interested in the team.

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  7. Gus says:

    The picture of BJ's swing with all of his weight on his back leg tells more than 1000 words and stats about BJ's offense. Still think he's a mess at the plate.

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  8. Sledge says:

    A good read for those interested in learning a little something about Nationals top 20 prospects.

    http://www.minorleagueball.com/2010/11/27/1839272/washington-nationals-top-20-prospects-for-2011

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  9. Gus says:

    Plus, BJ is a local kid who they think they could market.

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  10. Alex says:

    WILSON RAMOS. That is all

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