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.


  • 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. []
  • 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. []
  • Roger Mooney looks at how the Marlins’ megatrade might affect the Rays’ future. []
  • 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 GordonEric 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). []






  1. ecpglp says:

    It's funny how things get totally rewritten when somebody else adds it to their column. You say "the Royals are willing to move a good hitter or two for a starting pitcher." The Boston Herald column you reference says, "The Royals are listening." Huge difference. Every GM is listening this time of year.

    • Cork Gaines says:

      If they are listening, they are willing. I didn't imply anything about the level of willingness. But if they weren't willing, they would just say he/they aren't available.

  2. Alex says:

    No thank you on Hosmer. Prospects in the PCL always scare me that's why I'm wary of Myers. I'd take Gordon or Moose in a heartbeat though.

  3. Brianknowsbest says:

    cork was the word as hosmer as fielder. is he a plus first baseman? does he fit the Rays mold?

    • Cork Gaines says:

      Not very good. He'd most likely DH with the Rays.

      • deezy333 says:

        Everything I have read/heard says that Hosmer is a very good defender at first. Regardless of his performance last season, I've wasn't a big fan. Questionable power and plate thanks.

        Previous post I said my package would be Myers, Crow, and a B/C+ prospect for Helly.

      • Jeff says:

        Well, this is the most absurd thing I have ever read. If you haven't a clue about someone, DON'T MAKE IT UP! Hosmer is a great firstbaseman. Scouts believe he's a future gold glover.
        DH for the Rays....dude get a real job, you aren't good at this one.

        • Cork Gaines says:

          Such anger and hostility cracks me up. You do realize that scouts are occasionally wrong, right? Remember when Reid Brignac was supposed to be a gold glove shortstop and turned out to be absolutely mediocre? Or how about the 5-tool talents of Delmon Young, who got to the majors and couldnt field his way out of a paper bag? Now I will tell you what I know. Hosmer has had two full seasons in the big leagues and posted UZR/150s of -8.3 and -11.5. In other words, with a mediocre defender at first base, the Royals give up 20 fewer runs the last two years. And you are going to hold your hat on something he is supposed to become? How long is this maturation with the glove supposed to take exactly? Because it ain't happened yet.


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