Back in September, we took a look at some similar players and speculated that BJ Upton might command a 5-year, $75 million contract ($15M per year) as a free agent. The feeling at the time was that if the numbers were correct, there is no reason to think Upton would accept the Rays’ one-year, $13.3 million qualifying offer.

Now, Jon Heyman of, has spoken with an “unnamed expert” who predicts that Upton will get a 5-year, $70 million contract as a free agent.

The expert also predicts that Upton will sign the fourth-largest contract this off-season, behind Zack Greinke, Josh Hamilton, and Michael Bourn. Interestingly, two of those players are also center fielders, although certainly, Hamilton may end up as a corner outfielder on his new team.



  1. don says:

    Nothing better for professional athletes than a couple of ego freak, multi million/billionairs bidding on your services,
    just so happens OUR owners aren't into that action
    Uptons Agent played the system looks like he's going to come out a winner whether Upton ever gets another hit or not....
    How far can Philly Fan throw a full cup of beer? Upton plays shallow,to catch those line drives...really...

    • LaneMeyer says:

      It's the batteries Upton better watch out for in Philly. Some of those fans have better arms than Cole Hamels. I can't wait to see how they greet his first instance of jogging down the line.

  2. Greg says:

    You made a pretty good guess back in September. That $14M average salary is not far above the $13.3M offer we had to make to ensure a draft pick. So basically, it's the extra years he gets at that salary level. I wouldn't want to commit that many years to Upton at that salary either, so understandable move by the Rays.


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