Mets Rumors: New York Interested in Diamondbacks’ Justin Upton

The New York Mets are once again interested in Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton, but it is a “longshot” that the team will give up enough prospects to acquire the slugger, according to Marc Carig of Newsday.

The Mets have been in the market for an outfielder for most of the offseason. It’s seemed as though free agent and former Met Scott Hairston was the best the team would do this winter, but it was reported yesterday that he’s viewed as a fallback option if New York is unable to acquire a big-name outfielder.

New York expressed interest in Upton earlier this winter, but they balked at Arizona’s hefty asking price. This tag doesn’t seem to have diminished, as they were going to get Nick Franklin, Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor and Taijuan Walker from the Seattle Mariners. For this reason, Carig doesn’t expect the Mets to surrender what it will take to acquire Upton.

At this point, New York is poised to enter the 2013 season with an outfielder made up of the following candidates; Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Lucas Duda, Mike Baxter, Jordany Valdespin, Andrew Brown and Collin Cowgill.

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