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Beltran is the big prize on trade market

Posted on: July 20, 2011 7:25 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2011 8:38 pm
The Mets aren't interested in trading Jose Reyes, who would have been the best player available on this July's trade market.

They will trade Carlos Beltran, the best hitter available on the market.

"He's the impact guy," said an official of one of the many teams hoping to acquire Beltran.

Beltran, who entered play Wednesday with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 91 games, is good enough that even teams without a real need in the outfield have sent scouts to see him, just in case. The Rangers had a scout at Citi Field on Wednesday, even though their main focus this month has been on acquiring pitching.

The list of teams that could end up with Beltran remains a long one. The Phillies may be the most aggressive suitor, as Jon Heyman of has suggested, but the Red Sox, Giants and Braves are all still believed to be in the running. The Phillies and Giants both have had scouts in New York all week, and the Red Sox were in to see Beltran last weekend.

The Tigers and Pirates are also said to have shown interest, but the Tigers' focus continues to be on acquiring a starting pitcher, and it's not clear that Beltran would approve a deal to the Pirates. Beltran has a full no-trade clause in his contract, but it's believed he would agree to go to any of the other contenders.

The Mets are almost certain to deal Beltran, because he will be a free agent at the end of the season and won't be back in 2012, in any case. Also, they wouldn't get any draft picks as compensation when he signs elsewhere, because of a clause in his contract that doesn't allow him to be offered arbitration (and a high salary that probably would have kept them from offering it, anyway).

Because Beltran is the best hitter on the market, the Mets can try to hold out for a big price for Beltran, even though he's a true rental player. They have also suggested to teams that they would be willing to pay some or most of his contract, depending on the players they get in return.

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Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2011 6:49 pm

Beltran is the big prize on trade market

So the fourth best record in baseball doesn't have a shot at the pennant?  Interesting.
See, I'm a Mariners fan (moment of silence in sympathy here, please).  I remember watching a 116-win team that never looked like it could win a playoff series, either.  Some teams are just going to struggle in a short series, and for those teams to win two series it's a helluva longshot.  I'm a Bucs fan, and I don't see them OR Atlanta winning the pennant.  And yes, if I'm wrong that means Braves fans will never let me forget it.  I'm good with that.

Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: July 22, 2011 8:56 am

Beltran is the big prize on trade market

starblazer - you are completely mischaractereizing Beltran's surgery.  The Mets medical staff has been screwing up every diagnosis and every injury they've come across for the last 5 years or so.  Ike Davis is a classic example.  They had him in a boot after his seemingly minor injury - now it turns out that was the worst thing they could have done, and his injury was severe enough to where he was always going to require surgery.  So they essentially wasted 2 months of Davis's season trying to get him to "walk off" an injury that requires microfracture surgery.  Lets also not forget the Ryan Church debacle, where the Mets had him flying all over the country with a severe concussion, and making Church continue to try to play through it.  Church ended up making things worse and missed the season.  There isn't a minor injury in existance that the Mets medical staff can't turn into a season-ender.  

Beltran's injury was woefully mishandled.  These incompetent morons tried to prevent Beltran from getting a surgery he obviously needed, so he went around them and got the surgery himself.  As you can see, the surgery was a success.  If it were up to the Mets he'd still be trying to work around this injury and would never have gotten it treated.  At a certain point you have to do what is right for you.  If I was a player on the Mets I'd have my own doctors and get a second opinion on every single injury I ever had - hell I'd get a second opinion on a hangnail.  

Since: Sep 6, 2009
Posted on: July 22, 2011 1:33 am

Beltran is the big prize on trade market

I don't think it's right to say the Braves regret the trade of Escobar. He was a huge headache and had become cancerous in the locker room, not to mention his production had completely tailed off, due in large part because of his moody, pouting ways. It was somewhat of an addition by subtraction. Yes Gonzalez is a waste at the plate, but he's a good fielder and inexpensive. We also picked up Pastronicky in that deal, and he may be ready to take over by next season.

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