Originally posted on The Bay Cave  |  Last updated 11/2/12

As the Rays’ 2012 season ended, several reports had centerfielder B.J. Upton playing his final game as a Ray. No one was expecting the team to make him any offers at all. On Friday, the Rays did so as they made Upton a qualifying offer.  Per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Bay’s offer is for a one-year set price of $13.3 million. Upton has two choices under the qualifying offer as explained below via MLBTR: He can accept the one-year deal or decline in search of other offers. If he declines the offer and signs elsewhere, his new team will have to surrender a top draft pick (the selection doesn’t go to the player’s former team). Upton is due for a big contract. If he signs with the Rays for the year, the chance that Tampa Bay offers him a long term deal is unlikely. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) The post Rays make an offer to Upton appeared first on The Bay Cave.

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