No surprise here, but according to Marc Topkin, BJ Upton has declined the Rays qualifying offer. Upton is now a free agent and free to sign with any team. When he does, the Rays will receive a draft pick as compensation.
Here are a few other leftover links to get the weekend started.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- The Phillies have already had conversations with BJ Upton’s agent. [CSNPhilly]
- Ken Rosenthal speculates that the Rays will hold on to James Shields and are more likely to deal Jeremy Hellickson in large part because both the Red Sox and Yankees are expected to be weaker in 2013. [FoxSports]
- Jim Hickey was recently on WDAE and talked about the Rays’ starting pitchers. [620 WDAE]
- An SI.com blog wonders if the Brewers should try to trade for Jeremy Hellickson. [ReviewingTheBrew]
- ESPN.com’s Phillies blog weighs the pros and cons of BJ Upton. [Crashburn Alley]
- Johnny Damon is going to play for Thailand as they attempt to qualify for the World Baseball Classic. [Big League Stew]