On Saturday, we told you about a video report by Ken Rosenthal, in which he said BJ Upton will “certainly” be traded by this year’s deadline.
Well, after some reflection (and probably a phone call from the Rays front office), Rosenthal clarified his comment, in a section titled “Mea Culpa On B.J.”…
I’m usually quite careful about showing restraint in my reporting. But I went too far on Saturday’s pregame show on MLB on Fox, guaranteeing that the Rays will trade center fielder B.J. Upton…Is it my opinion that the Rays will trade Upton? Yes. But my remark came off sounding as if I knew the Rays’ exact intentions. I don’t. And if the Rays somehow reduce the gap to the Red Sox and Yankees this week, they could decide to keep Upton and go for it.
It is easy to imagine that the Rays weren’t happy about the original report. Even if it is true, the Rays wouldn’t want other teams to think that they are desperate to move Upton. If that were the sense by other teams, they may be more inclined to make lowball offers.
Still, at this point, we would be shocked if Upton is still with the Rays a week from now.