In talks with the D-Backs, the Mets debated trading Daniel Murphy or Ruben Tejada, along with some of their younger pitching prospects, to get OF Justin Upton, who was eventually traded to the Braves, a team source told John Harper of the Daily News.
D-Backs GM Kevin Towers had strong interest one point, according to Harper.
However, a baseball executive from another club says Towers was never close to doing that deal with the Mets.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
People aware of the situation say Arizona talked with the Mets early in off season, and again at various points just before Upton was dealt. The Mets were always interested in Upton (not Jason Kubel). However, from the start, the D-Backs were looking to acquire a big-league infielder, as well as a collection of pitching prospects. The Mets never had the necessary, impact infielder, and they made it clear early they would not be trading Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey.
As I said in January, knowing Arizona’s interests, the Mets best offer must have been something like Murphy or Tejada, 3B prospect Wilmer Flores, a Josh Edgin and one or two less-established pitching prospects. But, it seems talks never even got that far. The Braves deal would always have been significantly better with Martin Prado involved. As a result, the Rangers and Mets had only sporadic, and short-lived conversations with Arizona during those final weeks, and it sounds like the Braves were essentially the only legit option after Upton rejected a deal with the Mariners.
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