Mets Trade Rumors
There is a good chance the Padres trade OF Justin Upton, as they're gearing up to trade off a variety of players, team executives are telling ESPN.com's Jayson Stark (July 30, 7:20 pm).
The Mets and A's discussed a?deal involving?Zobrist through July, but Oakland expected to get better offers from other interested teams, Rosenthal?said earlier this week?(July 26, 2015).
The Jays and Rockies eventually agreed to a trade swapping Reyes and three pitching prospects for Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins >> Read more.
Clippard, a two-time All-Star, has held left-handed hitters to a .100 average this year and .183 for his career. He led the majors with 40 holds in 2014.
I've been hearing all day that, while the price for Justin Upton is sky high, it will likely drop as the week goes on. The kicker is that I think he could get moved through waivers in August, so it will not shock me to see San Diego keep him through Friday, despite everyone in baseball saying they're desperate to unload. I'd love to see the Mets get him or bring home Brewers OF Carlos Gomez, who can be had for a similar price. Of course, I'm still holding out hope for Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki, but if Colorado is smart they will do nothing and wait to create a larger?market this winter.
The Padres, according to Heyman, asked for "at least one high-end prospect," in return for?Upton.
According to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark, in order to trade Niese, the Mets have told teams they would need to get back a player under contract beyond next season (July 23, 2015), specifically a "slugging outfielder," as FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal recently tweeted (July 23, 2015).
The Mets and Rockies reportedly discussed Tulowitzki during the offseason, but a deal was never close to happening.
During an appearance with Mike Francesa on WFAN on Tuesday, Eddie Coleman said that the Mets are hesitant to take on the remainder of the money owed to A's OF?Ben Zobrist, who is making $7.5 million this season (July 21, 2015).
The trio discuss the market from sellers like the Reds, Padres, and Brewers, and who the Mets can acquire as they work to upgrade their lineup...
In return for Upton and Gomez, the two top outfielders available, the?Mets should expect to give up a?combination of top young talent, including Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz.?However, these three, plus 19-year-old SS Amed Rosario, are essentially?untouchable, according to multiple reports.
Last week, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman said the Mets are targeting Gomez and Upton, as Sandy Alderson is?aiming high in his?pursuit of an outfield bat (July 17, 2015).
"Pitching was always our strength," Alderson said. "There's been speculation that we were looking to trade pitching and therefore this loss makes that less likely, but I don't think it was ever likely we were going to trade out of the six-man group."
The Mets did express interest in acquiring Rollins from the Phillies this past winter, but Heyman's source now says the team is unlikely to pursue him.
"Nothing imminent," one executive told Heyman. "Nothing close," said another.
In early June, FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reported that Ramirez and Segura could be of interest to Sandy Alderson?(June 6, 7:03 p.m.).
Gomez, 29, who is represented by Scott Boras, will earn roughly $4 million from now through the end of the season and $$9 million in 2016, after which he can be a free agent.
However, weeks later, the?A's are still in a?holding pattern, unsure if they'll be?buyers or sellers before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, according to FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal (July 8, 6:21 pm).
"The Cubs are more likely to be in the business of maintaining their big-league roster while adding a starting pitcher or, perhaps, dealing Starlin Castro instead," according to Brown.
Teams that were interested, but skeptical of Jon Niese last winter still feel the same about him, despite his recent success, sources recently told Daily News reporter Andy Martino (July 8, 2015).
The?Astros, Blue Jays, Royals, Dodgers, Pirates and Yankees are all looking to acquire a starting pitcher before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman (July 7, 2015).?In addition to Jon Niese, Heyman believes?starting pitchers?Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake, Jeff Samardzija, Cole Hamels, Scott Kazmir,?Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross could all become?available in the next few weeks.
Wilmer Flores has been the driving force, with Juan Lagares, Daniel Murphy and Johnny Monell making timely contributions as well. However, Lucas Duda, Michael Cuddyer and Curtis Granderson are no place to be found.
According to multiple reports, the Dodgers are looking to acquire an elite,?young starting pitcher who is under contract beyond next season.
The Mets and A's have discussed a possible deal for Zobrist, the 34-year-old switch hitter, though Oakland is in no rush to deal him (June 26).