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The Mets were seriously in on Justin Upton

Feb 25, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

Justin Upton AP

In the middle of this John Harper column lamenting the state of the Mets outfield, we learn what the Mets were trying to do to improve it:

Alderson wouldn’t go into details, but from all indications there was a time in mid-to-late January when he felt strongly that he was going to land either Justin Upton or Michael Bourn. At that time, according to a club source, the Mets were discussing the possibility of trading Daniel Murphy or even Ruben Tejada, along with some of their younger pitching prospects, to the Diamondbacks for Upton.

In form that was like the Braves’ trade for Upton — major league infielder + pitching prospects for Upton — but neither Murphy nor Tejada is as good as Martin Prado. Without naming the pitching prospects it’s hard to gauge whether they match up to Randall Delgado. And completely out of the equation is how much grit the these guys have, given the Diamondbacks’ grit fetish.


  1. nogoodtomedead - Feb 25, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    So…. hardballtalk is just like the cliffnotes of mlbtraderumors with a picture added huh?

    • natslady - Feb 25, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      Basically, yes. They sit around Twitter and sites they subscribe to, then they summarize them and provide links. It’s known as “aggragating,” and I find it very helpful, since I can’t spend all day on Twitter, nor do I subscribe to dozens of sites.

      Sometimes Craig goes all smartypants and philosophical on us, which is substantially less helpful, or Matthew tries to do some analytics, which is also not helpful. Take the bad with the good. You’re not paying anything.

      • natslady - Feb 25, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        Plus, there are some funny commenters. Actually, that’s a plus+++++.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 25, 2013 at 11:26 AM

        Must be a Yahoo.

      • natslady - Feb 25, 2013 at 11:27 AM

        OK, “aggregating.” Sheesh, some people and their thumbs.

      • dondada10 - Feb 25, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        Just playing devil’s advocate: Doesn’t MLB Trade Rumors aggragate? Do HBT reaggragates.

    • jwbiii - Feb 25, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      To be fair, there’s a fair amount of overlap in the stories which they cover. This and “What Will the Yankees do without Granderson?,” for example.

      Here, you’ll get posts on Loria’s missive to the Miamians and there you get news that the Red Sox signed Ryan Rowland-Smith, so there are differences in the sorts of things they cover.

  2. thebadguyswon - Feb 25, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    The word was the Dbacks wanted Harvey or Wheeler. I don’t blame them for asking, but no way would I include either of them for Upton.

  3. cackalackyank - Feb 25, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Umm…at this point does anything in ths story really matter?

  4. chacochicken - Feb 25, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Well, for what its worth, I was almost king of Kafiristan.

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