Mark J. Miller at Yahoo! Sports reports that the Washington Nationals could be the front runners to acquire Tampa Bay Rays’ OF B.J. Upton.
Upton, a shortstop-turned-outfielder, is hitting only .227 this season, but has still shown decent pop with 15 home runs and 53 runs batted in. Rumors are swirling about the two teams making a deal because for the second time in four nights, Upton was held out of the Rays lineup.
Conversely, the Nationals held out two of their young guns, shortstop Ian Desmond and catcher Wilson Ramos.
There have been reports of the Philadelphia Phillies attempting to get in on the Upton sweepstakes after missing out on Mets OF Carlos Beltran, who was officially traded to the San Francisco Giants for top-pitching prospect Zach Wheeler.
We’ve already discussed it this year, but B.J. Upton is a tremendous talent that could just be in need of a change in scenery. Earlier this season, the Nats were linked to rumors surrounding Cleveland Indians OF Grady Sizemore, who was recently put on the disabled list again. Nationals GM Mike Rizzo would be smart to add another young player like B.J. Upton if the asking price wasn’t too much.