Only two players had 60 extra-base hits and 40 stolen bases last season. The Rays are about to lose one of them in free agency, Carl Crawford. And they don't necessarily want to trade the other, B.J. Upton.
While Upton, 26, is a frustrating talent – .746 OPS ranked 52nd among outfielders last season – he remains an elite defender in center field with immense offensive ability.
The Rays, sources say, might be more likely to move him in July, or even next offseason, when he's one year from free agency.
Likewise, the Rays will be reluctant to trade right-hander Matt Garza or another member of their rotation until some of their top pitching prospects are closer to the majors.
Garza, though, could draw increased interest after free-agent left-hander Cliff Lee picks his next team and the Royals make a move – or not – with right-hander Zack Greinke.
The Ray most likely to be dealt?
Shortstop Jason Bartlett, who is eligible for free agency after next season.
The Rays would miss Bartlett’s speed and steadiness at short, but they can replace him with Reid Brignac.