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.

14 Responses to B.J. Upton To Decline Rays’ Qualifying Offer Leave a Reply

  1. Dodgersarelife 3 years ago

    BJ and Justin in Tampa?

  2. DerekJeterDan 3 years 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.

  3. rikersbeard 3 years ago

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

    • Pronk19 3 years 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 3 years ago

        price is worth way more than upton

        • Pronk19 3 years 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 3 years ago

        I think Shields would flourish in the NL.

  4. Phillies_Aces35 3 years 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 3 years ago

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

  5. JPruett4 3 years ago

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

    • lefty177 3 years ago

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

  6. Flharfh 3 years ago

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

  7. alan104 3 years 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.

  8. ARod's Ring 3 years 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.

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