Upton Feels He Won’t Be Back With Rays Next Season

Rays centerfielder B.J. Upton told reporters that he doesn't expect to be back with the club in 2012, according to Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune.

“I hope not, but I don’t see why I wouldn’t be with all the talks at the deadline, and with this [waiver claim], I don’t see why there wouldn’t be that possibility,” the 27-year-old said. “I don’t want to go anywhere, but if that’s what they want to do it’s out of my hands.”

This morning it was reported that Upton was claimed off of trade waivers by an unknown team.  Upon hearing the news, Upton said that he wasn't concerned about it and appropriately termed the move "business as usual".  Rays Executive Vice President Andrew Friedman would neither confirm nor deny the report.

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