As expected, the Rays made the qualifying offer to BJ Upton. But don’t get your hopes up. It would be very surprising if Upton did not turn down the one-year, $13.3 million offer. The qualifying offer is required in order for the Rays to receive a draft pick compensation once Upton signs with another team.

And according to John Heyman of CBSSports.com, the early favorites to land Upton are the Phillies…

Baseball officials still see the Nationals as the favorites for Bourn, while the Phillies are seen as an early favorite for Upton.

Heyman also speculates that Upton is could command a 5-year deal worth $60 million ($12M per season) or “maybe even more.” I previously looked at the numbers and suggested Upton might be looking at a 5-year deal worth $75 million ($15M per season).

We already know the Rangers are interested in Upton. Heyman also lists the Giants, Brewers, Red Sox, and possibly the Yankees as other teams that could be in the market for a top free agent outfielder.

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  1. LaneMeyer says:

    Philly and Upton deserve each other. How loud do you think the Boos will be in Philly the first time Upton dogs it down to first or has a golden sombrero against the Mets?

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  2. Don says:

    Hope Philly offers him 4 years for $52 MIn ($13 YR or even $14mil) and nobody offers more...Then what BJ? Phillies or your easy home in Tampa??

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  3. Don says:

    I'm a pussy cat compared to "Philly Fan" and I've felt like punching him in the mouth 1000 times in the last 7 years...can wait to watch Philly games

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  4. Dustin says:

    If he doesn't stay a Ray, I'd like to see BJ in San Francisco. He'd be a beast defensively in that gigantic outfield they've got out there, and while the ballpark might surpress his HR power, the dimensions of the ballpark alone would increase his BABIP. Within the next few years, I figure he could make a case for NL MVP out there.

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