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Rays Rumors: B.J. Upton Not Garnering Much Interest From Nats, Others

The Tampa Bay Rays have been relatively quiet in the Winter Meetings -- at least, when compared with their cohort across the state. The Rays have signed a couple players to minor league deals, and according to Andrew Friedman, they've had ongoing discussions with other clubs about trades.

One of the players theoretically on the trade block for the Rays is centerfielder B.J. Upton. As he's entering the last season of team control, the Rays could look to trade him for prospects before he leaves at the end of next season. However, if recent rumors are true, then Upton hasn't been generating much interest:

On talks with Rays about Upton, [Nationals GM] Rizzo said, "I don't think anything has changed on that front." (Adam Kilgore, Washington Post)  

Trade interest in B.J. Upton has been mild so far. Just not a lot of teams with need for (and willingness to spend on) CF. (Jon Morosi, FOX Sports)

If this is the case -- and it seems likely, as there aren't many teams out there that need centerfield help -- then the Rays will probably hold on to Upton through the 2012 season. They are in a good position to field a competitive team in 2012, and they will be making a run for the playoffs yet again; Upton makes their team better in the short run, and he's still a good value.

We'll have to see if anything develops here, but it may be that Upton will be around for another season in Tampa Bay.

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