Upton hearing date set for Feb. 12
If the Rays and B.J. Upton are going to avoid an arbitration hearing by negotiating a multi-year deal, they have 2 1/2 weeks to do.
Upton's hearing has been set for Feb. 12, which is in the middle of the three-week window reserved for the process. All hearings this year will be in St. Petersburg.
After each side makes its case in a hearing, a panel of three arbiters will pick either the $3-million offer by the Rays or the $3.3-million request by Upton.