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Rays make one-year qualifying offer to Upton

Rays make one-year qualifying offer to Upton

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Tampa Bay made a one-year qualifying offer to B.J. Upton on Friday.

Under Major League Baseball's new labor contract, Friday marked the deadline for the Rays to make their offer to the free-agent outfielder at the set price of $13.3 million.

Upton can now either accept the offer and return to the Rays, or he can sign with another team.

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By making the qualifying offer to Upton, the Rays positioned themselves to get Draft-pick compensation if Upton turns down the offer and signs with another team.

Tampa Bay drafted Upton with the second pick of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, and he has spent his entire career with the Rays.

Upton hit a career-high 28 home runs in 2012, while hitting .246 with 78 RBIs and 31 stolen bases.

Upton has until Nov. 9 at 5 p.m. ET to accept or decline Tampa Bay's offer.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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