The Mets and their on-going search for offense on the trade market has yielded no results to date.
Part of their dilemma could be their continued reluctance to deal any of their current starting pitchers at the big league level, including Steven Matz who is on the disabled list, writes Marc Carig of Newsday.
Here’s the latest from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports/MLB Network on the Mets pursuit of offense:
- The Mets are, aiming high in their search for offense, as both Padres OF Justin Upton and Carlos Gomez are on their radar. Both would be fits for the Mets with Gomez being the better defensive player. Upton can be a free agent at the end of the year, so if the Mets acquired him, he would be ineligible to receive a qualifying offer. If the Mets were to re-acquire Gomez (remember, the Mets traded him in a package to the Twins for Johan Santana in February, 2008), they would be on the hook for about $12-13m through 2016, after which he can become a free agent.
- The Mets are not high on Jean Segura as he doesn’t fit their style of hitting. He could be viewed as a fallback option if they fail to acquire a higher-end bat. He has also been a below average shortstop so far in 2015.
- The Braves may be trying to trade Juan Uribe to the Mets, but the Mets haven’t shown much interest to this point. Acquiring Uribe would conceivable force the Mets to shift Daniel Murphy back to second base and Wilmer Flores to shortstop, a situation which didn’t prove ideal during the first half.