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Time For The Rays To Trade BJ Upton ?


Something i can't help but notice is the rise and fall of BJ Upton in a Rays uniform and i firmly believe he needs to be traded which would benefit both him and the Rays going forward. There is no doubt the awesome amount of talent this guy has but events in the past have somewhat hindered his progress and the time to move on has come. Firstly the shoulder injury in 2009 was something that completely stopped the momentum of the 2008 WS and was a huge setback . He started to regain his form towards the back of 2009 when he was crushing balls and showing the form of 08 when he hit for the cycle towards the end of the season. What i believe is the problem now is the fact he went to arbitration with the Rays to start this season and felt he was worth more than he actually is. I believe now that ego has got the better of him and now we are seeing a guy who plays to the level he thinks he should by the salary he's being paid. The fact Evan Longoria rightly had words in the dugout after a slack effort from him shows to the fans that his heart really isn't in it even though he says the right things when being interviewed. This is not the first time he has showen a lack of hustle and i don't think it will be the last.  It's time to move on. The Rays need a power bat more than anything and should package Upton in a trade for someone that can contribute to this team for a title shot. I believe this move will not only help the Rays but the future of Upton as well. I also believe that Desmond Jennings is ready to be promoted and take over the CF role if Upton was to be traded meaning that the Rays can concentrate on a bat for the DH spot.

 

This post was written by a member of the DRaysBay community and does not necessarily express the views or opinions of DRaysBay staff.

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