Rays Notes: B.J. Upton, Trade Market

Here's a look at the Rays as the celebrate their ninth-straight home win over the Yankees..

  • In an interview on SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio with Jim Bowden, General Manager Andrew Friedman praised the all-around ability of B.J. Upton and said that it is premature to speculate on whether the outfielder could be dealt (audio link).  Speaking broadly, Friedman did concede that he is open to anything and will consider the team's present needs as well as future interests when looking at trades.
  • Friedman told Bowden (via Twitter) that teams are focusing more on players with at least two years of team control rather than free agents because of the new CBA.
  • The GM also opined (Twitter link) that there will be more strength/weakness deals at the deadline rather than buyer/seller pairings.

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