an examination of what to do with Upton - including the possibility of a shift to the outfield and a trade :
" ... would cause major ripple effects in the organization, and would probably mean having to trade guys like Rocco Baldelli, Joey Gathright (who's probably going to be moved anyway), and Elijah Dukes at discounted rates ...The Rays have their 3 starting OF's for next season in CC, Gomes, and Rocco. He will also be competing with Gathright and Delmon Young for playing time. So if he wants to move there, fine. But he needs to not only show us that Upton is major-league ready, but unlike at SS and 3B, he'll actually need to beat out guys who are also considered linchpins in the organization's future ... if the organization is committed to Rocco Baldelli in centerfield (which it very easily could be) and if the coaches and scouts are telling LaMar that Upton will need several more years before being ready for the majors (meaning he needs to switch to the OF), well then maybe the best thing is to move him to a team that needs a CF (or any outfielder). But mind you, the return would have to be significant to even consider it ... I'd love to forge all of this and simply say he's our starting shortstop next year. But if he wasn't ready this year, there is no reason to believe that he'll be ready next year."
i dont mind waiting a little while longer on upton to become the full time SS,,, but please gomes in RF over delmon next April making me sick just reading this crap.....