The team, after acquiring Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson from the Braves on Friday, is exploring a number of larger trades, major-league sources say.
Here, according to sources, is where the Mets’ various pursuits stand:
A push for Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki left the Mets under the impression that Colorado does not want to trade him.
The Mets, however, also have looked into acquiring both super-utility man Ben Zobrist and reliever Tyler Clippard from the Athletics, a deal for Reds right fielder Jay Bruce and, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, a trade for Padres left fielder Justin Upton.
New York's interest in Upton has been very real, but the Padres weren't looking to pay down Upton's salary, and were asking for at least one top prospect. Upton has hit .248 with a .326 on-base percentage to go with 15 home runs and 49 RBIs and will be a free agent at the end of the season.
One of the more intriguing talks involved Bruce, in which the Mets were discussing swapping Zack Wheeler for Bruce. Wheeler's name has begun to pop up in trade talks, as internally the team has discussed moving the young right-hander.
With six days remaining until the trade deadline, the Mets don't seem to be done with trying to improve their offense. They have Jon Niese and Daniel Murphy in terms of major league talent that could draw some interest, to go along with their minor league system. In terms of big pieces, they kept them all even after making the Uribe/Johnson trade. This gives them all their ammunition to unload for a bigger piece, whether that be Upton, Bruce or even Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez.