The expected news is that B.J. Upton rejected the Rays offer of $13.3 million dollars. With the offer, the team has put themselves on position for a compensatory pick in next year’s draft should Upton sign with another club. It is pretty much a foregone conclusion that Upton won’t be back in the Trop next year unless his club is visiting the Tampa Bay area. There are rumors out there that the team might be in the mix to trade for his brother Justin, as his time appears short in Arizona. As former major league fire baller Joaquin Andujar used to say, when asked what his favorite American word was, “Youneverknow.”
In the meantime, Joel Peralta re-signed with the Rays for two years. Peralta never really wished to leave the club. As for Fernando Rodney, the team picked up his option, and will have him back for next season. The transactions, while not guarantees, give the club a great opportunity at having a strong back-end to their bullpen once again.
The Rays don’t look like they want to trade any of their top arms to gain on the offensive side of the ball. That makes sense to me. Look at how the San Francisco Giants have won a pair of World Series in the past three seasons: play good defense, have movable parts within the lineup, scrap for runs, and back everything up with strong pitching which is based on quality starters and diverse, and talented relievers.
David Price is a very legitimate candidate for the Cy Young Award which will be announced on Wednesday. Some have Jered Weaver as the top choice, and he is surely worthy should he take the title. But Price is an ace/stopper in the American League East, where offense rules the day.
Should he fall short in the Cy Young race, Price is still a winner more than just on every fifth day. He took home the Players Choice American League Outstanding Pitcher honor for the second time in three years.