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Mets trade rumors: Padres scouting Mets system

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The Padres could be looking to move players before the deadline.

Justin Upton
Justin Upton
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With the trade deadline 21 days away, it's no surprise that the rumors are coming in hot and heavy. The New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers have apparently had some trade talks, discussing both Aramis Ramirez and Jean Segura. On top of that, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the San Diego Padres have sent people to scout the Mets minor league system, fueling speculation on the Padres and Mets matching up on a deal.

The Padres haven't exactly played to their expectations, sitting at 39-48 and 10 games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West. Under-performance has led the Padres to consider moving some assets, including outfielders Justin Upton and Will Venable. Heyman writes:

Padres people were said to be scouting the Mets system, leading to speculation New York could be on Justin Upton. He's exactly what they need. "Nothing imminent," one executive said. "Nothing close," said another ...

Justin Upton, who is hitting .259/.338/.434 with 14 home runs, would be an instant upgrade for the Mets' offense. He is a free agent at the end of the season and is only 27 years old.