The New York Mets have already made a trade to upgrade their stagnant offense on Friday, but appear to be seeking another deal to help infuse more punch into the offense. The Mets have been scouring the market for impact bats and have contacted the San Diego Padres about left fielder Justin Upton. The two sides are currently at an impasse regarding a potential trade involving Upton, as reported by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 25, 2015
Upton was acquired by the Padres in an offseason deal with the Atlanta Braves. He was brought in to help the Padres contend for a postseason appearance for the first time since 2006. Unfortunately things have not gone according to plan for the Padres as they sit at 45-52, 10.5 games back out of first place in the NL West division. The right-handed slugger is hitting .248/.326/.420 and has launched 15 home runs with 49 RBIs so far. While he has a ton of pop in his bat, he is also a streaky hitter.
The Padres do not look to be able to overcome this deficit and make the postseason so they have made a number of the veteran players they acquired in the offseason available for trade, especially Upton. The Mets need all the help they can get to ignite their offense and if Upton is able to catch fire for a long period then he could absolutely help the Mets try to overtake the Washington Nationals for first place in the NL East division.
The two sides have discussed a deal but are currently stalled due to the Padres’ high asking price of one or two of the Mets’ top prospects and their unwillingness to send any cash back to the Mets in the deal. Upton is making $14.5MM in the final year of his contract before he hits the open market as a free agent in the offseason, so his trade value is limited. This makes the asking price of the Padres seem a bit unreasonable in the eyes of the Mets. It is unclear whether the two sides will resume talks any time soon.