[Update] And now, about an hour later, Jen Royle refutes her own story with another tweet. This time she has it from a Phillies source that the Fightins have “no interest in BJ Upton. NONE.”
[12:12]According to Jen Royle (via Twitter), the Phillies are the newest contender in the BJ Upton sweepstakes. She adds that the Nationals are still interested.
Source: Friedman & Amaro are trying to work out a deal for BJ Upton… Nats interest still high
“Trying to work out a deal” sounds like hardcore negotiations. But what may be negotiations in the eyes of one observer may actually just be the Rays answering the phone when Phillies GM Ruben Amaro calls. We’ll have to wait and see.
Royle does add later that the Rays have expressed interest in rookie right fielder Dominic Brown, who is hitting .247 with 5 home runs and 3 stolen bases. Last year, in 93 games combined between double-A and triple-A, Brown hit .327 with 20 home runs, 17 steals and a .391 OBP.