Buster Olney of ESPN.com is the first to chime in, offering this nugget in a piece about possible landing spots for Grady Sizemore…
No team is about reclamation projects more than the Rays, and with Tampa Bay expected to at least listen to offers for B.J. Upton — and probably trade him — Sizemore could drop into the lineup mix of Evan Longoria, Ben Zobrist and Desmond Jennings and put up some numbers.
Now, before you get all gooey-eyed about the possibility of replacing Upton with Sizemore, keep in mind that the Indians center fielder has played a total of 104 games the past two seasons. And as Olney points out, Sizemore’s knee probably wouldn’t care too much for the artificial turf used at The Trop. Also, the Rays are just one of nine teams (nearly one-third of the league) listed as a good fit for Sizemore.
As for Upton, we are still not sure what to expect, which is exactly how it should be with Bossman Junior. We would not be surprised if he is trade. And we would not be surprised if he is the Rays center fielder on opening day next April.