The latest comes from Jon Heyman buried deep in his column yesterday (emphasis is ours)…
Baseball people seem to agree that B.J. Upton needs a change of scenery. Most players thrive in Tampa, but word has gotten out that manager Joe Maddon is frustrated with Upton. He’ll be a better candidate for a winter trade because non-contenders will have a chance to consider him, as well.
That Maddon would be frustrated with Upton is nothing new. Bossman was benched twice for lack of effort during the 2008 late-season playoff push. But this makes it sound like Maddon has reached him limit and may have given up on Upton.
During all the chaos of the last two weeks, Upton repeated several times that he wants to stay with the Rays. But it may be hard to justify keeping a guy whose production is getting worse, not better (see below), doesn’t have the confidence of the manager, and could be the most expensive player on the 2012 roster.
The trade deadline may have bought Upton a couple of more months with the Rays. But his days are still numbered.