The Mets have added a new name to their wish list of hitters, as they are reportedly interested in acquiring Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Gerardo Parra.
Parra is a two-time Gold Glove winner and is hitting .313/.348/.500 with nine home runs and 30 RBI in 90 games this season with the Brewers. Parra would be a nice fit for the Mets, who need a big outfield bat in the middle of the lineup, especially with the possibility of Michael Cuddyer going on the disabled list in the next few days. Parra is having a fantastic year in Milwaukee, so demand for the 28-year-old outfielder is heating up as we inch closer to the July 31 trade deadline. Parra wouldn't likely command a king's ransom like some other hitters on the market and the Mets are reportedly more interested in moving former first-round pick Brandon Nimmo or prospects like Gavin Cecchini and Michael Fulmer rather than top prospects Michael Conforto or Amed Rosario.
The Mets are also said to still be interested in acquiring Justin Upton from the Padres. However, they are still firm on their stance that none of their core starting pitchers are available to be traded. Upton is only 27 years old but will be a free agent at the end of the season. He is having a solid season in San Diego, hitting .252/.331/.426 with 15 home runs and 49 RBI in 89 games.
Carlos Gomez is another big name the Mets are still targeting. One of the differences between Gomez and Upton or Parra is that Gomez is more than a half-season rental. The two-time All-Star has one season left on his contract and is owed $9 million next year. Gomez is also a two-time Gold Glove winner who is hitting .268/.329/.440 with eight home runs and 41 RBI. He broke into the majors with the Mets back in 2007 before being dealt that offseason in a trade that brought Johan Santana to New York.