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[3:55pm] Joel Sherman says the Rays had scouts watching the Nationals triple-A club yesterday. No word on who they would have been scouting.
[1:28pm] Jayson Stark updates us on BJ Upton, saying it would be a surprise if Upton doesn’t get trade. He adds that the Nationals have balked at giving the Rays pitchers Brad Peacock or Ross Detwiler.
Also, other clubs are now telling Stark that the Giants might be the front-runner for Upton.
[1:05pm] Joel Sherman is back, and he says the Rays are “very serious about dealing B.J. Upton.”
Sherman adds that one American League official told Sherman that the Rays are “asking for a ton.”
[7:30am] Danny Knobler is reporting that the Rays are open to moving Jeff Niemann or Wade Davis. This is interesting because the Rays just locked Davis up to a long-term deal. Have they soured on him that quickly? Or has Alex Cobb’s effectiveness surprised them? We think the latter.
Jayson Stark is reporting that the Rays and Blue Jays have been scouting each other’s minor league systems. A scout speculated that the Blue Jays could enter the picture as the third team in a three-team deal.
Joel Sherman says the Phillies do have some interest in BJ Upton despite what we heard yesterday. However, Sherman adds that the most interest appears to be coming from the Nationals, Braves, Pirates, Reds, and Cardinals.
Later, Sherman added the Royals to the mix for BJ Upton “with eyes on contending next year.”
Jerry Crasnick gives a list of pitchers the Rays would want from the Braves, and says the Braves “not likely to go for that.”