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Is B.J Upton the Next Great Yankees Centerfielder?

Published by on November 11, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

From the headline alone, Yankee haters will crow about buying more all-stars and the rich getting richer. After an explanation of needs, contract status' and an enticing offer to the Tampa Bay Rays, maybe New York acquiring B.J. Upton will seem a little more reasonable.

The Tampa Bay Rays wasted little time in exercising their 2010 option on left-fielder Carl Crawford. Crawford's outstanding season included "slash" stats (average, on base percentage, and slugging percentage) of .305/.364/.452, 60 stolen bases and a MVP of the All-Star game, easily meriting the $10 million contract.

Having committed that amount to Crawford, along with being on the hook for $8 million due to DH Pat Burrell, Tampa may be reluctant to o...

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