Justin Upton trade rumors revealed a lot of interest coming from the New York Mets. The Mets asked about Upton, but they may have been shocked by the asking price from the San Diego Padres. A report from CBS Sports late Saturday (July 26) states that the Padres asked for at least one high-end prospect (possibly two), and that the team wasn’t going to pay any of Upton’s salary.
It’s possible that the Padres also just lost the perfect trading partner, as the Mets got to see what young outfielder Michael Conforto could do on Saturday night. In his second Major League game, he went 4-for-4 and rewarded fans who had been predicting big things from him. This alone might cool the efforts that the Mets front office has been making to add another outfielder before the MLB trade deadline.
In unconfirmed Justin Upton rumors, one of the players that the San Diego Padres had shown interest in was Michael Conforto. That price may have been too high for the Mets, especially since the team would just get two months of service from Upton. The All-Star outfielder is going to be a free agent at the end of the regular season, and some reports suggest he could make close to $20 million per season in his next contract.
With a decisive 15-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night, the Mets improved to 50-48 on the season. They are now three games back of the Washington Nationals in the National League East and 3 1/2 games back of the second wild card slot. The team certainly proved that it could score a lot of runs against the Dodgers, but the front office likely still needs to add offense if the team is going to make a real run at the MLB Playoffs.
Despite the New York Mets ducking out of the bidding for Upton, there are still other teams that could use his bat. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the San Diego Padres have given every indication that the All-Star outfielder is going to be dealt soon. With the Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Angels, Kansas City Royals, and Toronto Blue Jays looking for an outfielder, there are a lot of “buyers” still on the market. It means there are going to be numerous Justin Upton trade rumors popping up in the next few days. For now, though, it appears the Mets are moving on.
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