B.J. Upton To Decline Rays’ Qualifying Offer

B.J. Upton will decline the Rays' qualifying offer, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.  With Upton turning down the one-year, $13.3MM offer, the Rays will now receive a compensatory draft pick if Upton signs with another team as a free agent.  It was no surprise that Upton declined the offer and it seems as if it's as equally a foregone conclusion that he will leave Tampa Bay, as the Rays can't afford the expensive, multiyear contract that Upton will surely command on the open market. 

Once Upton officially rejects the qualifying offer, however, it may free the Rays up to pursue a trade with the Diamondbacks for B.J.'s younger brother Justin.  Topkin speculates that James Shields, Jeremy Hellickson or David Price would have to be dealt in order to obtain the younger Upton from Arizona.


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14 Comments on "B.J. Upton To Decline Rays’ Qualifying Offer"


Dodgersarelife
2 years 9 months ago

BJ and Justin in Tampa?

DerekJeterDan
2 years 9 months ago

One of the most interesting free agent cases on the market this offseason. Will be interesting to see if he can live up to his potential in a new environment.

rikersbeard
2 years 9 months ago

Shields deal for Jupton would be great for the Rays if they could afford Upton’s increasing contract hit.

Pronk19
2 years 9 months ago

Shields would be a bad fit in Arizona with his HR problem and under contract for 1 year? Price would be the best fit

TBRays3
2 years 9 months ago

price is worth way more than upton

Pronk19
2 years 9 months ago

Never said it would be upton for price straight up. Just said Price is the better fit for what the D’backs need

alan104
2 years 9 months ago

I think Shields would flourish in the NL.

Phillies_Aces35
2 years 9 months ago

It’s looking like the Rays are going to get themselves the #16 overall pick in the 2013 draft and knowing them, a future all star.

alan104
2 years 9 months ago

Thanks, I was just wondering what # pick the Phils have.

JPruett4
2 years 9 months ago

If the rays trade David Price for Justin Upton it will be the worse trade in their history!

lefty177
2 years 9 months ago

If only they were around as long as some of the other teams that statement would sound a lot more serious

Flharfh
2 years 9 months ago

Upton is a significantly younger Bourn, imo. Atlanta should be ready to man the phones.

alan104
2 years 9 months ago

Trading Shield makes the most sense to me. He’s no longer under team control. He still has great ability and would make a nice trade piece. Keep Price for another year and Hellboy as long as possible.

ARod's Ring
2 years 9 months ago

Or maybe because he’s overrated? Yes that’s just what we need! Another strikeout machine, low average, attitude problems and still not a better replacement that Granderson or Gardner in CF. Best record in the AL and people still find a way to complain.