Mets rumors: NY had expected to add Justin Upton or Michael Bourn

Entering the offseason, one of the New York Mets’ top priorities was improving their outfield. This ultimately didn’t happen, but there was a time in January when general manager Sandy Alderson expected to acquire Justin Upton or Michael Bourn, according to John Harper of The New York Daily News.

Alderson wouldn’t admit that he missed out on either player, as he didn’t get into specific names. All he was willing to say recently is the Mets “tried to do some things” this offseason, but “unfortunately, nothing worked out.”

However, according to Harper, all signs point to a time in mid-to-late January when the GM felt strongly that he was going to land Upton from the Arizona Diamondbacks or sign Bourn as a free agent.

New York had been discussing a trade with Arizona, but they balked at the Diamondbacks’ asking price, which included top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler. New York was hoping to send a package of non-Wheeler pitching prospects along with Daniel Murphy or Ruben Tejada to Arizona in exchange for Upton.

The Mets were also closely tied to Bourn throughout the winter. Their hesitation in his case was the free agent’s asking price and the potential draft pick they would have to surrender to sign him.

This hesitancy resulted in Upton landing with the Atlanta Braves, Bourn signing with the Cleveland Indians and the Mets entering spring with a bevy of uninspiring outfielders. Instead of Upton and Bourn, New York has names like Lucas Duda, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Mike Baxter, Alex Brown, Marlon Byrd and Collin Cowgill as potential outfielders.

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