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 CBSSports.com, 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.