B.J. Upton Claimed; No Deal

MONDAY: The deadline to trade Upton has passed, notes Topkin, so he's staying with the Rays.

SATURDAY: B.J. Upton has been claimed off trade waivers by an unknown team, reports Marc Topkin of The St. Petersburg Times. The Rays have until Monday to work out a trade with the claiming team or pull their center fielder back, and Topkin says a deal seems unlikely as of right now.

Upton, who just turned 27, was a popular name before the trade deadline as teams looked for alternatives to the pricier Hunter Pence and Carlos Beltran. The Braves, Indians, Phillies, Giants, Pirates, and Nationals all had interest in July, though the first five teams ended up with other outfielders. The Nats may still have interest, though again we don't know which team actually made the claim.

Scheduled to become a free agent after 2012, Upton is being paid $4.825MM this season and will be arbitration-eligible again this winter. He's hitting just .224/.304/.390 with 17 homers in 495 plate appearances this year, but as always a big chunk of his value comes from his legs (26 steals) and defense (fourth best UZR among all center fielders since 2009).


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85 Comments on "B.J. Upton Claimed; No Deal"


4 years 4 days ago

Marlins perhaps? 

nestorpistor
4 years 4 days ago

AL teams have first crack, so I would doubt he gets to any NL team. My guess is Orioles

Lunchbox45
4 years 4 days ago

 Orioles?? how would that make any sense..

Upton’s only value is in CF, last I checked Orioles are set in that department.

4 years 4 days ago

Indians

Rashad Bruce
4 years 4 days ago

probably since brantly hit the dl

grownice
4 years 4 days ago

Im randomly guessing Dbacks

4 years 4 days ago

Big woop wadda fide about it?

Bucs
4 years 4 days ago

Patty Tanegar the caddy manager… Priceless

4 years 4 days ago

hmmm nats
 

Cody
4 years 4 days ago

Red Sox should try we really need a RH bat for right field. Just don’t know if they would trade in the Division. Maybe if we give them more than there asking for. Man he would be a nice pice for us.

grownice
4 years 4 days ago

 Pretty sure the sox are good enough, leave some for the rest of the league.

Cody
4 years 4 days ago

Not my fault the Red Sox have a huge payroll and can afford to get anyone they want. If your team had the the same resources and payroll you would be saying the same thing.

Brian R.
4 years 4 days ago

Remember when the Red Sox used to complain about the Yankees buying championships? 

Lunchbox45
4 years 4 days ago

oh yah, where would the sox be this year with out their last 2 big FA acquisitions, Crawford and Lackey..

Sox have one of the best track records in terms of drafting and player
development. They have home grown all star talent signed to
ridiculously team friendly contracts and trade their excess prospects
for other players…

angryredmenace
4 years 2 days ago

You forgot about the trade for Adrian Gonzalez , which was in many no different than buying a player.I wonder how the Red Sox would look without his production.And just to be noted, I ‘m not complaining about buying players, if a team has the resources, go for it.

MB923
4 years 4 days ago

I also remember the Tainted championship arguments and the “Joke of a ballpark” arguments.

Things the Yankees and Red Sox fans should not argue about

1- Payroll
2- Steroids and tainted championships
3- Fan base
4- Whose stadium is a joke

4 years 4 days ago

Where exactly is Upton gonna play?  The Red Sox’s already have a good young CF there really isn’t a need for another one and Upton really shouldn’t DH either which he can’t do anyway with David Ortiz there as well…

MaineSox
4 years 4 days ago

“Red Sox should try we really need a RH bat for right field.”  – Cody

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 days ago

he’s not even hitting lefties this year

wickedkevin
4 years 4 days ago

He’ll fit right in.

MaineSox
4 years 4 days ago

With who?  The Sox have been killing lefties this year.

4 years 4 days ago

Kevin 26 minutes ago in reply to notsureifsrs
He’ll fit right in.<——- that is called "sarcasm", you alcoholic.

MaineSox
4 years 4 days ago

How’d you know?

MaineSox
4 years 4 days ago

I don’t think the Sox should get him, I was just telling him that Cody had already answered his question.

craigkimbrelfan
4 years 4 days ago

My team spends less, way less, and has an even record as yours.

4 years 4 days ago

One thing I know for FACT, the rays will not just “let him go” a la Alex Rios with the blue jays.  They lost their best opportunity to get maximum value for him at the trade deadline. 

Cody
4 years 4 days ago

I never said they would I actually said the Red Sox should give more so they will trade in the division. I’m guessing a couple top 20 prospects gets it done.

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 days ago

i will give you five american dollars to root for a different team

4 years 4 days ago

I think he means top 20 in the Red Sox system, which is less ridiculous then I think you may have read it.

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 days ago

well sure – boston doesn’t even have one top 20 overall prospect, let alone two

it would be one thing if they had any use for upton whatsoever. i’m an upton fan; despite his struggles, i like the player. but the idea of boston trading two top 20 organizational prospects for him is ass-chappingly dense

alfredo espinoza
4 years 4 days ago

I think it’s the white sox that claimed him because they will need a lead-off hitter for next year since pierre will become a free agent

Lunchbox45
4 years 4 days ago

 and take AB’s away from Rios?

alfredo espinoza
4 years 4 days ago

at this point anything is better than rios

MB923
4 years 4 days ago

What, is that a Bad thing?

rockfordone
4 years 4 days ago

White Sox -for Jorden Danks –  look for then a trade with Cubs – Big Z and Soriano for Rios and Dunn + = money

Isaac
4 years 4 days ago

DEAL

alfredo espinoza
4 years 4 days ago

yes, I agree. and plus it would give all players involved a 2nd chance at resurrecting their careers….sox can also then trade peavy, danks, and quentin for an ace pitcher

Isaac
4 years 4 days ago

Peavy for Burnett, Prospect or two and 25 million?

alfredo espinoza
4 years 4 days ago

i’d rather trade quentin, peavy, floyd, dunn for texeira and other players

4 years 4 days ago

hahaha, that doesn’t get you an Ace pitcher.

alfredo espinoza
4 years 4 days ago

danks and quentin together along with a prospect would get you an ace…..considering danks and quentin won’t demand a lot of money on their contracts

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 4 days ago

why would any team trade an ace for Danks and Quentin +, unless the prospect is like really really good?

brian310
4 years 4 days ago

because Danks is going to be an ace and is already a young stud pitcher?

4 years 4 days ago

Danks ERA is good for 24th in the AL this year, his WHIP 27th. He’s in the 20’s in nearly every category for AL only. I’d hardly consider him a young stud pitcher.

laxtonto
4 years 4 days ago

Texas? Put him in CF and at the bottom of the lineup and see what happens. It is not like they would not have the necessary prospects to move in case they want to acquire him…. and just to really stir the pot..

“Martin Perez was scratched from his Round Rock start on Friday night and was replaced by Eric Hurley.”

Rangersfan32
4 years 2 days ago

Are you implying a Upton for Perez swap? Hahaha, never gonna happen.

RAYS7
4 years 4 days ago

Wonder if the Shoulder injury is still lingering ? But I highly doubt that BJ gets traded by Monday . The Rays just don’t want cash and a PTBNL … They want at least 2 lower level prospects

bigpat
4 years 4 days ago

He will not be traded, I can assure you. No way Tampa trades their biggest chip on the waiver deadline.

Dynasty22
4 years 4 days ago

But Longoria wasn’t claimed.

4 years 4 days ago

It’s possible the Cardinals placed this waiver claim on BJ Upton.  With Rasmus gone, Jon Jay slumping, and no clear cut top of the order, base stealing threat guy (Furcal has slowed down)…this might be a fit.  Plus, St Louis has plenty of prospects to deal. 

Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 4 days ago

Im guessing Oakland, maybe Seattle. His defensive ability would work well in Safeco or the coliseum and any rebound in offensive production at the begining of next season would net either team some quality prospects at the trade deadline if they chose to trade him.

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 days ago

safeco would only hurt upton’s RH power and the mariners already have a defense-first centerfielder who’s much better defensively than him

windycitywarrior
4 years 4 days ago

Carlos Quentin for Upton. Then they trade Peavy for Jason Bay. Trade Rios to the Yankees for Burnett. Bring Viciedo up to play RF. Resign Buerhle

B.J. Upton CF                           Mark Buerhle
Alexei Ramirez SS                      A.J. Burnett
Paul Konerko 1B                        John Danks
Dayan Viciedo RF                      Gavin Floyd
Adam Dunn DH                          Chris Sale
Jason Bay LF
A.J. Pierzynski C
Brent Morel 3B
Gordon Beckham 2B

4 years 4 days ago

Why would the Rays trade Upton for Quentin, that makes almost no sense for them?

windycitywarrior
4 years 4 days ago

Cause they could move Jennings to CF and either plug Quentin at a corner spot or DH him. He is controlled for at least one more year. I dont think it would make NO sense. They have a great farm system so I would think they would want a major leaguer for Upton. What a concept. Actually get big league talent for your players instead of a hit or miss prospect.

brian310
4 years 4 days ago

Quentin is also hurt right now and is known to be injury-prone

windycitywarrior
4 years 4 days ago

He had a broken hand from hitting his bat in 08 and plantar facisis in 09. He has had little injuries but nothing that would label him injury prone or anything.

Encarnacion's Parrot
4 years 4 days ago

I’m gonna guess the Blue Jays. It’s buy low, Rasmus is on the DL with the rosters expanding before he returns, and he’s a definite upgrade over DeWayne Wise. He’s also a pretty good trading chip in the offseason.

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 days ago

which is why the rays won’t be trading him to the up-and-coming jays right now

Encarnacion's Parrot
4 years 4 days ago

Probably not, but a waiver claim by them does make sense.

WM14
4 years 4 days ago

How exactly do the waiver trades work?  Can Upton be traded for any player in another organization, including players on the active roster, or just for minor league players?  Similarly, if a player passes through waivers, is not claimed, and can be traded to any team, who can be included in the trade?  Is it all players including active roster players, or is it limited to minor league players, etc.?

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 days ago
Beersy
4 years 4 days ago

Upton would sure look good running around right field in Petco.  Hoyer took a chance on Maybin last winter and it has paid off big time.  With the way Venable has been playing lately, going into next season with a starting outfield of Venable, Maybin and Upton would be very exciting and exactly the kind of defense you need in Petco.  I think all Upton needs is a change of scenery and what better place than sunny San Diego to get your career back on track.  Of course the way Blanks has been playing as of late the Padres probably aren’t interested in an outfielder, but a man can dream can’t he.

Dynasty22
4 years 4 days ago

You don’t like Blanks?

Beersy
4 years 3 days ago

No I like Blanks just fine.  I am however of the belief that with Petco being such a large field, the Padres should have 3 centerfield types roaming the pasture.

Guest
4 years 4 days ago

It’s the Packers.

kldhca
4 years 4 days ago

We wont know who it is until Monday or the trade is done, IMO

John DiRienzo
4 years 2 days ago

notsureifsrs

Rashad Bruce
4 years 4 days ago

i think its stl.. with berkman probably retire… they need  more outfield depht.. corey patterson sucks…U GIVE JOHN JAY  a BREAK.. this gives stl speed and pop

kldhca
4 years 4 days ago

I don’t think he gets out of the AL