Originally posted on The Bay Cave  |  Last updated 11/9/12

Centerfielder B.J. Upton had a week to accept or decline the Rays’ qualifying offer he was sent last Friday. Today, his agent advised Tampa Bay they will be pursuing other offers in free agency.  Upton’s agent, Larry Reynolds, told the Rays the following, via Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times: At this point, we just feel it’s time to explore the free-agent process, and that’s what we’ll do. Several reports out of Philadelphia this week had the Phillies pursuing Upton, saying he is the right handed bat the team has been looking for. National outlets have tied the Rays to B.J.’s younger brother Justin this week saying a trade is possible to acquire the other Upton from Arizona. Hellickson and Shields have been the two names commonly rumored to be possible options for a trade. For declining the offer, any team that signs Upton will have to give up a first round draft pick to the Rays. (Photo credit: Getty Images) The post B.J. Upton declines Rays’ offer appeared first on The Bay Cave.

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