Saturday, January 12, 2013
Rumor Mill: Mets interested in Trading for Justin Upton, Hairston back up plan?
The Mets are again interested in trading for Arizona Diamondback Outfielder Justin Upton, reports Marc Carig of Newsday (on Twitter).
Carig also says it's a long shot they'll surrender the prospects required to made a deal.
Recently Justin Upton invoked his no-trade clause to reject a proposed deal to the Mariners, one of four teams on his no-trade list.
The trade would have sent four players to Arizona: (# 5 Prospect) Nick Franklin, (MLB) Charlie Furbush, (# 11 Prospect) Stephen Pryor and (# 2 Prospect) Taijuan Walker.
Upton who can also block trades to the Blue Jays, Red Sox and Cubs... The Mets would have no problem in obtaining the outfielder if the case presented itself..
The Texas Rangers appear to be moving on from Upton.
Here is a estimate of what the Mets would have to give up at this point (based on Mets Top 20). The Mets would have to give up ( According to matched rankings) Wheeler, Tapia, Fulmer, Cecchini (They want shortstop) for Upton. Of Course the Mets would not part with this package. Top-tier arms Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler have been considered untouchable in trade talks this offseason, and the team has offered no indications that has changed.
Upton is signed through 2015. Even with $38.5 million left on his contract, the structure of his deal could put him in the Mets' price range.
According to a NY Newsday report, one rival executive believes the Mets should explore dangling infielder Wilmer Flores, who some talent evaluators believe ultimately will play third base or first base. With the Mets, Flores and his promising bat likely would be blocked by David Wright and Ike Davis.
In other News, The Mets like Scott Hairston, but view the free agent as a fallback option in case they can’t obtain a bigger name outfielder, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports (Twitter links).