There were a couple of minor updates regarding BJ Upton’s free agency this weekend. Braves GM Frank Wren talked about his 6-hour meeting with Upton last week. In addition to meeting with the Braves, Ken Rosenthal says Upton has also already met with the Phillies. And according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, there has been some “initial dialogue” between Upton’s people and the Nationals, who have long been interested in Upton. However, Buster Olney says the Nationals don’t need another right-handed bat.
As for the other Upton, the Diamondbacks are now saying it is unlikely that they will trade Justin Upton this winter. And we all knew that was a longshot to begin with. And once the trade rumor lingered for a couple of days, it was clear that nothing was going to happen.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- No surprise here, but Joe Maddon says he is not worried about the Jays trade. And why should he? If the Rays pitch well they will win 85-90 games. If they also hit well, they will win 90-95 games and will likely be in the playoffs. [TampaBay.com]
- That same article notes that JP Howell is drawing interest from “a handful of teams.” Even before this, I would have been surprised if Howell re-signed with the Rays. But knowing that he is on the radar of several teams makes it even less likely. The Rays don’t typically sign relievers that other teams want. [TampaBay.com]
- Roger Mooney looks at how the Marlins’ megatrade might affect the Rays’ future. [TBO.com]
- It’s a broken record by now, but Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald writes that the Rays are listening to offers for Jeremy Hellickson and James Shields. Meanwhile, he adds that the Royals are willing to move a good hitter or two for a starting pitcher, including Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer, Billy Butler, Mike Moustakas, and even Wil Myers, whom we heard last week might be untradeable. [BostonHerald]
- David Price’s face on M&Ms? Sure, why not. [Big League Stew]
- Here’s a look at how the best player in each league (statistically) does in the MVP race in recent years. Mike Trout did a lot better than many of these guys. [BI Sports]
- Huge win for the Bucs yesterday. As usual, the Joes have it covered. [JoeBucsFan]
- And all those empty seats in Carolina yesterday? Apparently that is the fault of Bucs fans, because we suck and don’t travel well. Or something (thanks Thad). [HeraldOnline.com]