Michael Cuddyer knee woes shift Mets' thinking on Michael Conforto, trade

WASHINGTON -- One week after team insiders indicated the New York Mets were uninterested in obtaining an outfielder via trade and also not considering prospect Michael Conforto for a promotion, the club's stance has changed on both fronts.

With Michael Cuddyer's left knee woes intensifying since the All-Star break, the Mets are now reaching out to some teams about outfielders and internally kicking around other names. They even are getting more receptive to promoting Conforto, their 2014 first-round pick, from Double-A Binghamton if Cuddyer lands on the DL later this week, although internal dissension remains.

A source familiar with the Mets' intentions all but ruled out the team acquiring Justin Upton from the San Diego Padres, however, despite frequent media reports linking him to the Mets.

Other outfielders reportedly available include Milwaukee's Carlos Gomez and Gerardo Parra.