For that handful of Rays fans still holding out hopeBJ Upton will return to the Rays, one thing they like to point out is that there are a number of center fielders that will be available this winter which could lessen the demand for Bossman. Of course, some of those teams that stand to lose a center fielder, will also need a replacement.
One such team is the Texas Rangers. And Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News is convinced Upton is one player the Rangers will be looking at to replace Josh Hamilton. And he might be the best option available…
I think there is some concern…about just how good a fit B.J. would be as a replacement for Hamilton. He’s certainly not going to provide the same power and his OBP is about 30 points lower and he’s a right-handed hitter which would cause real issues with lineup balance. But I think B.J. is for sure one of the options the Rangers will at least discuss this winter along with Michael Bourn (probably too expensive) and Jacoby Ellsbury (possibly not durable enough).
So the Rangers might replace a player the Rays drafted with the #1 overall pick with another first-round pick of the Rays (#2 overall). In four years, maybe they’ll take Evan Longoria (#3 overall) to complete the trifecta.