It appears as if B.J. Upton’s time with the Tampa Bay Rays is just about up, as the free agent center fielder is rumored to be looking at deals with numerous other teams. While he could re-sign with the Rays, such a deal appear unlikely, with other teams likely willing to give Upton a much better offer than Tampa Bay.
But while one Upton may be getting ready to depart for greener pastures, could the rays consider bringing in another Upton to replace him?
For those unfamiliar or confused with that logic, the Rays could prefer to let B.J. Upton walk and the go out and make a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks to acquire his younger brother, Justin. he would be a younger replacement, and also has failed to lie up to his hype and potential.
Then again, sometimes a change of scenery can often make the world of difference. The Diamondbacks may say that they are not actively shopping shopping Upton, although they would certainly pull the trigger if the right deal fell into their laps.
Ideally, Arizona would be seeking a shortstop to replace Stephen Drew, who they traded to the Oakland Athletics right around this past MLB Trade Deadline. They would like to acquire a young shortstop with a good bat and be able to plug him immediately into their everyday lineup. The problem is, Tampa Bay has no such player currently at any level.
That could mean that the rays may need a third team in order to facilitate such a trade for Upton. If it was pitching that the Diamondbacks were after, the rays would be favored to land the younger Upton. It is being reported that Tampa is looking to perhaps move James Shields in order to bring in another big bat to their at times anemic offense. But it does not appear as if a Shields-for-Upton straight up deal would be enough to satisfy Arizona. That is why a third team may need to come into the picture if the rays are to acquire Upton.
It was rumored that the Texas Rangers offered Mike Olt to the Atlanta Braves for one of their top shortstop prospects in Andrelton Simmons, hoping they could then flip him to the Diamondbacks for Upton. That deal was rejected, but many other teams reportedly presented offers to the Diamondbacks at meetings last week, and they will persist until something gets done.
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