MLB Trade Deadline Roundup: Rays Shopping B.J. Upton
• The Rays have the second-best record in baseball behind the Yankees but are still pondering a couple of major moves. A major league source told FanHouse Tampa Bay is shopping center fielder B.J. Upton "hard," but at the same time, according to a Tampa Bay source, the Rays continue to seek a bat to add to their lineup.
They have been linked repeatedly with Jayson Werth and Corey Hart in recent weeks, and even though Upton is only making $3 million this season, a little salary relief would give Tampa Bay some peace of mind if it looks to make a big move before the deadline.
Whatever happens, the Rays have an in-house option in top prospect Desmond Jennings. He's hitting .288 with a .759 OPS in Triple-A while stealing 26 bases in 28 attempts and a scout from another organization said the center fielder is ready for the majors now. -- Ed Price
• One potential destination for Upton is Los Angeles. The Rays have interest in Dodgers right-hander James McDonald and L.A. could use a bat with Manny Ramirez back on the disabled list, but a Dodgers source told FanHouse the teams have had "zero" talks regarding Upton. -- Ed Price and Tom Krasovic
• It isn't a given that the Phillies will deal Werth. One source said the Phillies won't simply unload the outfielder given they would be in line to recoup two draft picks if they hold onto the Type-A free agent through the end of the season and he ends up signing elsewhere. -- Jeff Fletcher
• Speaking of outfielders potentially on the move, the Braves could soon be in the market for one. They just got Nate McLouth back from a long stint on the disabled list and are closely monitoring his effectiveness. If they're not impressed by what they see over the next week, they plan to go get a right-handed-hitting outfielder for the stretch run. Hart, Cody Ross and Josh Willingham are possibilities. -- Steve Phillips
• The Mariners have moved on to the next obvious step after their acquisition of Justin Smoak in the Cliff Lee trade by making a couple of their surplus first basemen available. Casey Kotchman and Mike Sweeney are out there for the taking with a reasonable asking price. -- John Hickey