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.