One of our local sports talk personalities Bruce Jacobs, who is openly a Mets fan proposed the idea of trading a package consisting of Lucas Duda, one of Kirk Nieuwenhuis (good lord was that hard to spell) or Jordany Valdespin, and a mid tier prospect largely of the D-back’s choosing. I don’t think this is an overwhelmingly poor offer on Jacobs’ part. I think that it would be giving up too much for the return, especially if Nieuwenhuis were involved. A great deal of Jacobs’ argument centered around the notion that the Mets need a righty power hitter, and thus their glut of lefty bats could be used to their advantage. Now, much more than looking for offense, the Mets need bullpen help, but regardless of a “needs vs. wants” argument I think that this would be an overpay, potentially a necessary one if they are dead set on prying Upton away from the D-backs and there are other serious suitors, but at the moment it appears like that should be the absolute high water mark for an offer. Perhaps more fitting would be Valdespin and 2 prospects allowing the Mets to flip Ike Davis for a reliever and move Duda to first. Slight decrease in power overall, without sacrificing two batters who are 20-30 homer threats under team control for quite a while.
Overall, could the Mets pull off the trade? Sure. Would it help enough to bother? Probably not this year.