According to the Washington Nationals Blog, B.J. Upton is the team’s top target in center field.
Said the blog:
The Nationals continue to look for a center fielder, and B.J. Upton of the Rays is one of their targets, according to a baseball source…
However, according to the source, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo believes a change of scenery would help Upton’s career.
Upton, 26, hasn’t had a good season with the bat since 2008, when he hit .273 with nine home runs and 67 RBIs for the Rays. It’s not known if the Nationals and Rays are having serious discussions about Upton.
According to the post, the Nationals have also been interested in Matt Kemp of the Dodgers and Michael Bourn of the Astros.
Upton is currently hitting .228 with 7 homeruns and 28 RBIs in 55 games this season for the Rays. His best season came in 2007 when he batted .300, hit 24 homeruns, and drove in 82 RBIs, all career highs.