A History Of Upton Brothers Trade Rumors

B.J. Upton has spent nearly a decade in the Rays organization. His brother, Justin, has spent all six years of his pro career with Arizona. Neither one has ever been traded, B.J. has shown interest in signing a long term deal and Justin signed an extension that keeps him under team control through 2015. Yet without fail, one of the Upton brothers always seems to be all over MLBTR.

Just about every team has been linked to at least one of the two brothers over the years, as you can see below. Here's a historical look at the Upton brothers' involvement in trade rumors:

B.J. Upton

Justin Upton

  • The Red Sox were linked to the younger Upton throughout this past offseason. By some accounts they were the only team to seriously discuss an Upton trade last winter.
  • You thought B.J. drew lots of interest? 15 or 16 teams approached the D'Backs about Justin this November.
  • The Mariners, Marlins, Orioles and Yankees showed interest and even the Rockies inquired. He was also on the Blue Jays' radar last offseason.

D'Backs GM Kevin Towers maintained over the winter that he'd have to be overwhelmed to move Justin. B.J., meanwhile, earns $4.8MM this year and becomes a free agent after the 2012 season. He'll become even more expensive through arbitration next year and the Rays are on a tight budget. That can only mean one thing: B.J. will continue to be a regular in trade rumors this summer.

16 Responses to A History Of Upton Brothers Trade Rumors Leave a Reply

  1. It’s inevitably going to happen so I’m gonna throw out the first ridiculous trade proposal:

    Tillman, Xavier Avery, Wynn Pelzer and 1 more prospect from the O’s for Justin.

    There. Someone had to start it.

    • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

      O’s should keep their prospects and let them develop.

      • No I agree. However, I wouldn’t mind seeing this deal (especially if they draft a college starter that is relatively close to the majors e.g. Hultzen, Bradley, etc).

  2. meep 4 years ago

    what will it take for the dodgers to get bj upton

  3. Devern Hansack 4 years ago

    Here’s a typical Red Sox fan proposal: Jed Lowrie, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Michael Bowden, the ghost of Trot Nixon, and a cup of clam chowder for Justin Upton.

    • Ian_Smell 4 years ago

      Damn dude, you made me hungry. And I was just about to go to bed!

    • MaineSox 4 years ago

      No way. Jed Lowrie is too much to give up for Upton. He’s got like a 1.200 OPS!

    • DunkinDonuts 4 years ago

      Are you crazy? They can’t have Lowrie — the face of the Boston Jed Sox. Now that he’s been freed from the shackles of mononucleosis and Scutaro, he has assumed his rightful place as heir to the shortstop throne, and Iglesias will fill in as a serviceable utility man whenever Jed is unavailable because he is unlocking the mysteries of the human genome, debunking string theory, and solving the Middle East crisis.

      Left-handed pitchers who are not named Brett Anderson tremble at the mere sight of him. Right-handed pitchers do not tremble quite as much, but they are still leery of giving him fastballs in the heart of the strike zone when they are behind in the count in close games with runners on base. Hitters who have the audacity to put the ball in play anywhere within Jed’s field of vision soon learn that their mad dash for first base is an exercise in futility, for Jed is blessed with the visual acuity of an eagle, the slender grace of a white-tailed deer, and the dexterity of a spider monkey.

      Swap our young Jed-i Master for Scutaro, and we’ll call it square. Also, make sure the clam chowder is red, not white. No need to overpay if they don’t know the difference between Manhattan and New England chowdah.

  4. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    I still cant get over the fact that BJ stands for Bossman Junior

  5. johnsilver 4 years ago

    I can’t understand why BJ can throw with his surgically repaired shoulder like he used to but can’t hit anymore. He stopped hitting period once he got hurt late in 2007, yet here he is 3+ years later drawing attention in trade rumors. A younger version of CoCo Crisp with speed and defense. Nothing more is all he has been for the last 3 years.

  6. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    towers would have accepted that

  7. TapDancingTeddy 4 years ago

    If we needed an outfielder there’d be Upton proposals. But the Yanks whole season is going to come down to starting pitching.

  8. kdawg89 4 years ago

    That’s just his nickname after his dad. His real name is Melvin, which I would go by a nickname too….lol

  9. jwsox 4 years ago

    its actually not a horrible trade..a very very good under rated out fielder in gardy who hits for average, gets on base, is a great base stealer and plays pretty good D in left. Montero who is a stud catching prospect who can hit and supposedly his glove is getting better and a stud pitching prospect(who should be called up to fill the spot in the rotation left by hughes) in brackman..decent deal if you ask me..its at the very least a starting point. BUT the yankees dont need hitting they need pitching.. if they could make that deal without giving up gardner and flip upton for a pitcher then it might work

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