Found November 05, 2012 on Philly Sports Live:
TEAMS: Tampa Bay Rays
The baseball off-season just started, but the Phillies are already knee-deep in it, as they look to fill out their roster for 2013. And according to’s Jon Heyman, they are hot on the trails of center fielder B.J. Upton, a free agent after spending his entire career with the Tampa Bay Rays. Amaro said…

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