According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com, rumors of the D-Backs fielding offers for OF Justin Upton are ‘more than just talk.’
That said, there are still plenty of people around the game who are skeptical of Arizona GM Kevin Towers, suggesting this is typical of him, striking up conversation with teams about a player he has no intention of moving.
In either case, despite interest from Rockies, Red Sox, Yankees, Braves and Marlins, it could cost up to five players to get Upton, says Stark, which one AL executive called ‘ridiculous,’ according to Jon Heyman of SI.com.
To put it in a Mets context, two people familiar with how Towers operates said I should be willing to part with at least Mike Pelfrey, probably Ike Davis, and certainly additional prospects, considering how ‘perfectly priced’ Upton is – given his salary, production and age – in this market.
This is probably why I see NO evidence of the Mets being seriously involved in any talks with Towers about him.
The 23-year-old Upton hit .273 last season with 17 HR, a .356 OBP and 69 RBI. He hit 26 HR and .300 in 2009.
He signed a six-year, $51 million deal with Arizona prior to last season, during which he will earn roughly $14 million in 2014 and 2015.
He’s an exciting, promising player, but the Mets are not in the position to give up that much talent, and that many quality players, for a guy like Upton, who, at his age, in some ways, is still finding his way in baseball. Plus, under no circumstance would I trade a young, proven pitcher like Pelfrey, for a bat… not in this market, where it is nearly impossible to build a dominant pitching staff through free agency.