Originally written on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 11/8/14
The New York Mets appear set to begin the season with a starting outfield consisting of Mike Baxter, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, and Lucas Duda.  I honestly think you’d be hard pressed to find a scout around the league that thinks any one of those guys (let alone all three) is currently a legitimate starting outfielder, so to say this is a point of weakness for the Mets is an understatement.  That is of course unless something changes between now and Spring Training, such as the team resigning Scott Hairston or making a trade that will bring a more recognizable face to patrol the Citi Field grass. Both scenarios, however, are appearing less and less likely.  This morning Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweeted that while the Mets have checked in with the Arizona Diamondbacks, who appear to have a surplus of capable outfielders after their signing of Cody Ross, the team found the price tag on Justin Upton too high and did not see Jason Kubel as a fit: #bbpBox_288282436251574272 a { text-decoration:none; color:#009999; }#bbpBox_288282436251574272 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; } #mets talked to AZ about upton/kubel. prospect/player price 2 high on @JUS10UP10, kubel not perfect fit. about 3 hours ago via webReplyRetweetFavorite @JonHeymanCBS Jon Heyman Heyman also went on to tweet that the D-Backs are looking for young pitchers in exchange for Kubel: #bbpBox_287683629834960896 a { text-decoration:none; color:#009999; }#bbpBox_287683629834960896 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; } #dbacks seek young pitchers from #orioles for kubel. To this point Baltimore disinclined to do that. January 5, 2013 5:14 pm via Twitter for BlackBerry®ReplyRetweetFavorite @JonHeymanCBS Jon Heyman Much to do about nothing here, I guess.  I don’t think Kubel is a difference maker so while he would help the team a bit in 2013, sending a prospect to Arizona and picking up his salary for the year doesn’t seem like a move that will come close to putting the tam over the top.  Upton is a different case all together.  He’s 25-years-old and a budding star, but there’s a reason why no team has ponied up to get him, Arizona is seeking a tremendous package in return.  According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Atlanta, Seattle, Texas, and San Diego have all been linked to the young outfielder but nothing has evolved: Photo by Michael G. Baron The Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres have held on-and-off discussions about a trade involving those players since July, but the talks have failed to progress, according to major-league sources. The Diamondbacks, however, continue to discuss Upton with other clubs, including the Texas Rangers andSeattle Mariners, sources say, while also considering offers for another of their outfielders, Jason Kubel. The Rangers want to acquire Upton without giving up either shortstop Elvis Andrus or infielder Jurickson Profar. Their preference is to build a package around third baseman Mike Olt, and the team is willing to add a top pitching prospect and third quality piece to the package, sources say. But the D-backs, sources say, believe they could make an even better deal for Upton with another club — possibly the Mariners, who are aggressively trying to add a power hitter. The problem for the D-Backs in trading with the Mariners is that the M’s are on Upton’s four-team no-trade list, and sources say that he is not inclined to approve a deal to Seattle. The Atlanta Braves also have made “strong overtures” for Upton, sources say, and other teams also might be involved in the discussions. The D-Backs’ discussions with the Padres indicate that when a player of Upton’s quality is available, teams will make creative proposals.”  Jim Bowden, however, tweeted that things with Braves have not progressed recently: #bbpBox_287954876430966784 a { text-decoration:none; color:#009999; }#bbpBox_287954876430966784 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; } Frank Wren told us that he wished Kevin Towers a very Merry Christmas in December and hasn’t spoken to him since (the Justin Upton question) January 6, 2013 11:12 am via webReplyRetweetFavorite @JimBowdenESPNxm JIM BOWDEN I’m waiting for the Mets, who are rumored now to have money to spend, to do something here in the offseason that will have an immediate impact on the 2013 team and beyond. #bbpBox_288093998667681792 a { text-decoration:none; color:#009999; }#bbpBox_288093998667681792 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; } #mets have quite a bit of $ left to spend. Looking at OF, pen, rotation. about 15 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®ReplyRetweetFavorite @JonHeymanCBS Jon Heyman Someone like Upton seems out of reach but Alderson has done a good job of cutting payroll the past couple of seasons while rebuilding the farm system.  Dickey and Reyes are gone, Wright will be a Met for life, but there has to be something else.  The wait-and-see approach is testing the patience of the people who pay to see the games and I wouldn’t be surprised if Sandy makes a bigger splash here in the coming weeks than most anticipate.  As I wrote yesterday, the financial wellbeing of ownership is great, but only if that is reflected in how they go about running the team.  So far things have not trickled down to help put a better team on the field or bringing in the big names that belong in a big market such as New York.  So how long will we have to wait and where will the answers come from?
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Wolves trade Corey Brewer to the Rockets

Yankees trade Prado to Marlins for Eovaldi in 5-player deal

Brandon Browner fined $8K for throwing Brandon Gibson to turf

Report: Sharper, NFLers called spiked drinks 'horny juice'

Rex Ryan: My wife could coach Tom Brady

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jim Harbaugh won in laser tag by 'hunting' 10-year-old kid

Eddie Lacy is ‘very blind,’ refuses to wear goggles

Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI, gets probation

NFL scouts not in love with Amari Cooper?

Report: No teams interested in trading for Lance Stephenson

It is not Chip Kelly's fault if Eagles miss playoffs

Video: Swaggy P elbows Steven Adams in throat, gets ejected

Video: Grizzlies buy car for assistant who had his stolen

Video: LeBron takes pass to the face from Dion Waiters

New video of Ray Rice incident emerges

President Obama calls James Franco “James Flacco”

NBA games of the weekend: Rondo's Dallas debut, Bulls-Grizz

Tuscaloosa students will have two days off if Bama plays in National Championship

Brady scares the **** out of his teammates celebrating

Longhorn Network’s yule log? Five hours of BEVO

Will a Chiefs WR finally catch a TD in Week 16?

Jon Lester and the Cubs

The Toronto Raptors reveal their new logo

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Jon Lester and the Cubs

Report: NFL players used 'horny juice'

Top 10 worst NBA related commercials of all-time

Phelps gets probation for DUI

NFL coaches on hot seat in Week 16

The Roy Williams-Terrell Owens horse collar turns 10

Most underpaid NFL players in 2014

Gronk jokes about Brady compliment

In Matt Kemp, did the Dodgers find a pigeon in Padres?

Why the Saints are legit playoff threat

Impact of U.S.-Cuba relations on MLB

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.