Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Upton returns to AL East

TORONTO — OF Melvin Upton Jr. was already in Toronto with the Padres when they traded him across the diamond to the Blue Jays.

Joining his new team was a lot more complicated than walking down the hall.

The Blue Jays acquired the former Rays outfielder and cash from San Diego on Tuesday in exchange for minor-league RHP Hansel Rodriguez.

Upton couldn't join Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins for an early afternoon news conference because he was at the nearest border crossing, in Buffalo, N.Y., being cleared to re-enter Canada.

When he arrived with the Padres on Sunday night, Upton was treated as a visitor. As a member of the Blue Jays, he requires a work visa to enter Canada.

Upton has had a bounceback season for the Padres. A bust for the Braves after signing a five-year, $75.25 million contract before the 2013 season, he is hitting .256 with a .304 on-base percentage and a .439 slugging percentage in 92 games while playing his home games at notorious pitcher's haven Petco Park.

"What attracted us to him was several things," Atkins said. "The defense at all three positions, speed, baserunning, base-stealer, power, versatility and depth."

Upton, 31, was a first-round pick, second overall, of Tampa Bay in the 2002 draft. He played eight seasons with the Rays and batted .255/.336/.422 in 966 games.

Later, Toronto acquired former Rays RH reliever Joaquin Benoit from the Mariners for RH reliever Drew Storen and cash.

FAN HURT: A 75-year-old woman was taken to a hospital after being hit in the face with a foul ball by the Nationals' Daniel Murphy in Cleveland. Muir West's glasses were broken, and she received a cut on her face, a family member said.

D'BACKS: RHP Zack Greinke, out since June 29 with a left oblique strain, is expected to make a rehab start Friday in the Rookie-level Arizona League.

MARLINS: All-Star 2B Dee Gordon is set to return Thursday from an 80-game suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

REDS: RHP Homer Bailey is set to make his season debut Sunday, completing his comeback from Tommy John surgery in May 2015.

Upton returns to AL East 07/26/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 26, 2016 11:19pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays beat Orioles, but tough stretch looms that could change their plans (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tuesday was a step back in the right direction for the Rays, who halted a season-high five-game losing streak by hanging on — and we mean that pretty much literally — for a 5-4 win over the Orioles.

    The Rays’ Tim Beckham celebrates with Mallex Smith after hitting a three-run homer in the second inning for a 5-0 lead.
  2. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    Rookie RHP Jake Faria had his lucky rubber duck — OG, the original one he has had since high school — with him, and the Rays had nothing to worry about as he put his rocky Wednesday outing well behind him, working into the eighth while scattering seven hits.

  3. Rays journal: Rookie Jacob Faria continues to show veteran poise

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Orioles threatened in the first inning and the second. They loaded the bases with one out in the fifth inning with the top of the order up and seemed poised for a big inning. But those opportunities produced only one run because Rays rookie RHP Jacob Faria kept his composure and got the …

    Jacob Faria goes a career-high 71/3 innings, staying composed when the Orioles threaten.
  4. Rays vs. Orioles, 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, Tropicana Field

    Sports

    Today: vs. Orioles

    12:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM

    Tickets: $15-$275; available at Tropicana Field box office, raysbaseball.com, surcharge of up to $5 within 5 hours of game time.

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  5. Bruce Arena blends intense demands with humor to lead U.S. soccer

    Soccer

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Bruce Arena bites his fingernails religiously, a habit he has had since age 10.

    Among some other unmentionables.

    Bruce Arena