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The Mets won’t meet the Padres’ asking price for Justin Upton

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The Mets acquired third baseman Juan Uribe and infielder-outfielder Kelly Johnson from the Braves on Friday in exchange for two minor league pitchers, but they aren’t done trying to upgrade their weak offense. The biggest name on the market is Padres outfielder Justin Upton, but CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Mets have been turned off by the team’s lofty asking price.

The Mets and Padres are currently at an impasse in talks involving star San Diego outfielder Justin Upton after the Padres asked for at least one high-end prospect back, and possibly two.

The Mets walked away after a suggestion that included a big prospect or two and no payment toward Upton’s $14.5-million salary, though it isn’t known whether they could resume talks at some point.

Upton is due to become a free agent after the season, so this would purely be a rental situation. Getting multiple premium prospects in return is probably unlikely, but the Padres should still be able to do better than the compensatory draft pick they would get if they kept him and made a qualifying offer this fall. Helping cover some of his remaining salary could sweeten a potential match with the Mets and other contenders.

Upton, 27, is batting .248/.326/.420 with 15 home runs, 49 RBI, and 17 steals over 91 games this season. He got off to a strong start in San Diego, but has struggled for the past two months.

In their search for an outfield bat, the Mets have also been linked to Upton’s teammate Will Venable, as well as Gerardo Parra and Carlos Gomez of the Brewers and Jay Bruce and Marlon Byrd of the Reds.

Justin Upton out second straight game with tight oblique

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Justin Upton had to be removed from Sunday’s eventual rainout against the Rockies with discomfort in his left oblique, and sitting out Monday’s series opener against the Giants apparently did solve the issue. Upton is out of the Padres’ starting lineup Tuesday for a second straight game. Will Venable will start in left field and bat seventh versus San Francisco right-hander Chris Heston.

Upton’s oblique has been a lingering problem for much of July. It comes with unfortunate timing for the Friars, who appear likely to shop the impending free agent ahead of the July 31 trade deadline.

Upton has 15 home runs and 49 RBI in 89 games this season for the 44-49 Padres.

Justin Upton scratched Wednesday with sore oblique

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Justin Upton was a late scratch from the Padres’ starting lineup Wednesday night against the Pirates due to soreness in his left oblique. Will Venable is starting in left field and Melvin Upton Jr. is playing center versus Pittsburgh starter Charlie Morton.

Upton acknowledged to MLB.com’s Corey Brock that he’s been experiencing discomfort in his oblique since making a difficult catch in St. Louis last week. He’s considered day-to-day for now, but it sounds like an extended absence may be in order.

Upton, 27, has slashed .259/.338/.434 with 14 home runs, 46 RBI, 16 stolen bases, and 44 runs scored in 84 games this season for the Padres, who entered play Wednesday with a disappointing 39-47 record.

There’s been talk that Upton might become a trade chip for the Friars later this month.