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According to Marc Craig of Newsday, the New York Mets are once again interested in Arizona Diamondbacks slugger, Justin Upton, though sources believe it’s a long shot:
In a post to Newsday, Craig writes:
“The Mets have revived discussions of a trade for the Diamondbacks’ Justin Upton, two people with knowledge of the situation said Friday. However, doubts linger about whether the Mets are willing to deal enough prospects to meet the asking price for the 25-year-old rightfielder. …The Mets boast several young pitchers who could be included in a trade, but 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.
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.”
Meanwhile, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, NY is still interested in bringing back Scott Hairston, but only as a fall back option:
Since the trade of National League Cy-Young winner R.A. Dickey, the Mets off-season has been, well, pretty boring. However, rumors circulating a possible trade of Justin Upton would certainly spike things up. While I agree with Craig, a deal is probably a long-shot, it is nice to hear the Mets have entered the conversation. Upton, to me, is a franchise player that would fit great in the middle of the lineup with David Wright and Ike Davis. Acquiring the 25-year-old outfielder would go a long way towards boosting my confidence in the upcoming season. Only time will tell how serious these discussions are between the two clubs but this is the first bit of news that I am happy to be writing about.
Earlier in the week, the Diamondbacks and the Mariners agreed to a deal that would have sent Justin Upton to Seattle, but the two-time All-Star rejected the proposed deal, major league sources told Fox Sports. According to Fox Sports:
“The Mariners are one of four clubs on Upton’s no-trade list. …(Upton) has been the subject of repeated trade discussions almost since the moment that Kevin Towers became the Arizona GM in the fall of 2010. Both the Rangers and Braves have pursued Upton this offseason, sources say, and other teams also have checked in.”
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The New York Mets are once again interested in Arizona
Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton, but it is a “longshot” that the team will
give up enough prospects to acquire the slugger, according to Marc Carig of
Sources say the Mets are again interested in trading for Justin Upton. But it's a longshot that they'll give up enough prospects for a deal.
The offensive pipe dream for the Mets this offseason has been to swing a trade for Justin Upton. Now that we’ve seen what the parameters for an Upton deal might be from the vetoed deal with the Mariners, it’s way past time to move on to a more realistic target. Recently, another righty hitting power outfield bat was put on the market when the Nationals re-signed Adam LaRoche...
Yesterday, the Arizona Diamondbacks got an offer for Justin Upton that they would say yes to, as the Seattle Mariners reportedly agreed to ship Taijuan Walker, Nick Franklin, Charlie Furbush, and Stephen Pryor to the D’Backs in exchange for their young right fielder. Today, Justin Upton is still a Diamondback, because he used his limited no-trade clause to block the deal, as Seattle...
The Mariners continue to push for more offense, but there are times they experience a push back. Seattle made an offer to Arizona for the services of two-time All-Star Justin Upton, but after the Diamondbacks agreed, the veteran outfielder invoked the no-trade clause in contract to shoot the Mariners down. So desperate is Seattle for a middle-of-the-lineup hitter that general...
M’s try for a splash
The Mariners hotstove has been quiet since the acquisition of Raul Ibanez a few weeks ago. But things have heated up this week, with MLB Trade Rumors reporting that the M’s made a legitimate attempt at Arizona Diamondbacks rightfielder Justin Upton.
The trade seemed like a done deal, until Upton invoked his no-trade clause.
This was an interesting development...
The Arizona Diamondbacks have talked about trading Justin Upton for quite some time now. There was a lot of talk around the trade deadline and at the winter meetings but nothing has gone through. The D-Backs were said to be looking for a major league ready shortstop in any deal for Upton. They got the … Continue reading »
One of the worst kept secrets in New York is that the Mets are in desperate need of an outfielder with major league talent.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are brimming with such players and have been trying hard to trade beleaguered but talented outfielder Justin Upton. Seems like a perfect fit, right?
Not exactly. The Diamondbacks are looking for major league ready players, the Mets don’t...
Updated by Joe D. on 1/13 at 2:00 PM
Validating what I’ve been saying since Friday, Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers said he is in no rush to deal Justin Upton and that he will only move him for a similar or better deal than what he agreed to with the Mariners.
That Seattle deal, or should I say non-deal, set the bar for Upton’s value.
The fact that Upton invoked his no-trade clause...
Updated by Joe D. on 1/11 at 3:00 PM
So all of a sudden the Mets could be looking to do something significant at the major league level. If true, it would be a first for Alderson since he got here. After Justin Upton gave the thumbs down on the potential Seattle deal, rumors abound that the Mets are reengaging Arizona on the 25 year old star.
The Mets had previously attempted to...
Ben and Sam discuss the rejected trade that would have made Justin Upton a Mariner.
One of the worst kept secrets in MLB is the Arizona Diamondbacks’ interest in trading outfielder Justin Upton. But one of the seldomly understood points is the fact that General Manager Kevin Towers wants a fortune in return. In other words, he is not so desperate to move Upton, he will settle for a package of players that would not be considered a heist. If there was any doubt...
Updated by Joe D. on 1/12 at 10:00 AM
A team source tells the NY Post:
“Those were some big names,” one source said of the deal Upton nixed because Seattle is part of his no-trade clause. “There were some quality arms. I don’t see us moving in that direction if that’s what they’re asking for and almost got.”
Like I was saying last night…
Updated by Joe D. on 1/11...
The Diamondbacks were in agreement on a trade that would have sent
Justin Upton to the Seattle Mariners, but the two-time All-Star
rejected the proposed deal, major-league sources say.
Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton vetoed a trade to the Seattle Mariners, a person with knowledge of the situation said Thursday.
The person asked to remain anonymous because Upton's decision had not been made public. Upton's contract gave him the power to turn down a trade to a short list of cities, Seattle included.
The Diamondbacks have a glut of outfielders...