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.
— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) January 12, 2013
The Mets have been in the market for an outfielder for most
of the offseason. It’s seemed as though free agent and former Met Scott
Hairston was the best the team would do this winter, but it was reported
yesterday that he’s viewed as a fallback option if New York is unable to
acquire a big-name outfielder.
New York expressed interest in Upton earlier this winter,
but they balked at Arizona’s hefty asking price. This tag doesn’t seem to have
diminished, as they were going to get Nick Franklin, Charlie Furbush, Stephen
Pryor and Taijuan Walker from the Seattle Mariners. For this reason, Carig
doesn’t expect the Mets to surrender what it will take to acquire Upton.
At this point, New York is poised to enter the 2013 season
with an outfielder made up of the following candidates; Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Lucas
Duda, Mike Baxter, Jordany Valdespin, Andrew Brown and Collin Cowgill.
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