Buster Olney of ESPN.com dropped this little nugget on Twitter yesterday…
The Rays will listen to offers on B.J. Upton –but probably won’t trade him unless they can get a good bat in trade (not nec. in same trade)
This shouldn’t really come as a surprise to most Rays fans. But what is interesting here is how the basics sound a lot like what Ken Rosenthal reported two weeks ago.
In that piece, Rosenthal wrote that he finds it “difficult to imagine” the Rays trading Upton. But he added later that the Rays could be persuaded with the right deal.
It sure looks like the Rays want everybody to know that they have no problem holding on to Upton. In other words, if you want Upton, don’t think you can have him for cheap just because he isn’t playing well, and the Rays have decided their future lies down a different path.