OK, so earlier today we heard that Ken Rosenthal had softened his stance on his guarantee that the Rays will trade BJ Upton this week. But if this report by Nick Cafardo is accurate, Upton’s days in a Rays uniform are indeed dwindling…
The Nationals are considering offering the moon for him. There are a few factors. Some of the Nationals people feel Upton could use a change of scenery where his talents would be maximized. Also, he grew up with Ryan Zimmerman, and the feeling is Zimmerman would be a good influence on Upton, a good guy whose effort is inconsistent. The Rays have never felt that Upton would blossom in Tampa.
This is not the first time we have heard
the “change of scenery” line in connection with the Nationals and their interest in Upton. And they have to know that it will cost a lot of Upton is their guy.
But the more we hear their name linger, the more it appears that the Nats will be willing to pay the steep price.