Updated by Joe D. on 1/15 at 1:30 PM
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the New York Mets and Arizona Diamondbacks are not a good match for a Justin Upton deal.
D’Backs GM Kevin Towers is insisting that he will not lower his trade request for Upton since the deal with the Seattle Mariners evaporated last week. ”I’m not taking less,” Towers said at the Scouts Foundation dinner. “I’m in no hurry.”
Apparently, Towers wants pitching prospect Zack Wheeler in any deal with the Mets for his star outfielder. Alderson, of course, would rename his firstborn child, Omar, before allowing that to happen.
As I said when it first all fell apart, that offer by the Seattle Mariners set the bar for Upton’s trade value.
The fact that Upton invoked his no-trade clause was not a signal that the price had dropped on Upton or that the D’Backs were now desperate to trade him. They are about as desperate to trade Upton as Ted Berg is to put Jeff Francoeur in the Mets Hall of Fame. (Farewell, Ted)