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Beltran derby into final days, Rangers interested

Posted on: July 24, 2011 1:22 pm
Edited on: July 24, 2011 3:53 pm
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With the Carlos Beltran derby heading into the final days, there were suggestions Sunday that the Phillies' interest has cooled, that the Rangers' interest has picked up and that the Giants are still heavily involved.

Meanwhile, the Mets continue to hold out hope that one team or another will agree to surrender its top prospect in return for Beltran, who is the best hitter on the free-agent market but is also strictly a rental player.

Beltran must approve any trade, and as many others have reported, his preference is to stay in the National League. But one person close to him said Sunday that it's possible that Beltran would approve a deal to the Rangers.

Texas fits some of Beltran's stated criteria, since the Rangers are likely to be in the playoffs and have a real chance of getting to the World Series. Also, the Rangers could offer Beltran regular playing time in the outfield, either by playing Beltran in center field or (more likely) by moving Josh Hamilton back to center.

Earlier this month, the Rangers seemed most focused on adding pitching, either in the rotation or the bullpen. They talked to the Rockies about Ubaldo Jimenez, and discussed relievers with the Padres.

But the Rangers sent a scout in to see Beltran at the end of the Mets' homestand last week, and by Sunday one rival official was suggesting that the Rangers could even be the favorite, because they had more prospects available and also could take on more of Beltran's salary.

The Braves, Red Sox, Pirates and even the Reds have been mentioned in connection with Beltran.

Because Beltran is easily the biggest impact hitter on the market, the Mets can justify asking for the world. What works against them actually getting it is that both the Giants and the Rangers (and the Phillies, for that matter) will very likely make the playoffs with or without a Beltran trade.

For those teams, the question is how much better Beltran would make them in October, and how much that's worth in terms of giving up top prospects.

The Mets are said by sources to have asked for pitcher Zack Wheeler from the Giants. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, they asked for first Domonic Brown and then Jarred Cosart from the Phillies. It's no surprise that the Phils said no on both. There were also reports that the Mets had asked for Mike Minor from the Braves, and again it's no surprise that the Braves said no.

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Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: July 25, 2011 4:24 am
 

Beltran derby into final days, Rangers interested

There r viable OF's that can be traded for i.e.- Willingham, Ludwick, even Pence that wouldn't cost a team all their top  prospects.
are you high? Hunter Pence would cost considerable more prospects than Carlos Beltran would. He's younger and still under contract, and has comparable numbers to Beltran.  I guarantee if someone offered the Mets a Pence/Beltran swap, Alderson would jump on it before the sentence was finished.  And to put Josh Willingham and Ryan Ludwick in the same category as All-Star Carlos Beltran is a joke.  Neither are difference makers. Beltran would be a difference maker.



Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: July 25, 2011 1:47 am
 

Beltran derby into final days, Rangers interested

I seriously do not get the Love affair, that MLB GM's seem to have w/ Beltran (not for the price anyway). i understand hes a great hitter, WHEN HE PLAYS- hes been too often injured throughout recent Years, not questioning his toughness but...

Exactly. While acquiring Beltran as a 'rental' for a playoff run makes sense, investing in him long-term is a way riskier proposition.
 



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: July 25, 2011 12:45 am
 

Beltran derby into final days, Rangers interested

hes been too often injured throughout recent Years, not questioning his toughness but, last weekend he sat out 3 gms w/ "flu like symptoms". That wouldn't fly w/ a team actually in a Pennant race. players play hurt, sick, & few rarely b!tch about it.  T
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 You don't pay attention to your own team. Paplebon, Beckett, Youk and Ellsbury have all missed games being "sick". You have no clue what type of flu like symptoms Beltran had when he missed the 3 games. He was on IV treatment the whole time and if you ever played a sport and tried playing thru a flu with how sore all of your muscles are you would know its not simple.



Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: July 24, 2011 9:35 pm
 

Beltran derby into final days, Rangers interested

LTisGod, I am gunna have disagree on that one. This ain't the free agency period here. The Yankees have money to throw around but just like every other team in the MLB, they don't have endless prospects. Beltran also had to OK this trade and I don't think being a DH is in his near future plans however if he wants his career to continue for a while, he may want to look to the AL this summe b/c of the DH position. I think Texas has the best chance here.



Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: July 24, 2011 9:00 pm
 

Beltran derby into final days, Rangers interested

The quiet coming from the Yankees camp regarding Beltran is deafening. Makes me think that they will swoop in at the last moment and rent him as a DH replacement for Posad, who is now a black hole in the batting order.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2011 8:46 pm
 

Beltran derby into final days, Rangers interested

I was at the Rangers ballpark last night. There were a LOT of empty seats. And I mean a LOT. For a team just in the World Series, they sure aren't selling tickets very well.____________________----

Good for you. The attendance is up almost 10000 a game from last year. Don't like them don't go to the damn game.



Since: Oct 24, 2008
Posted on: July 24, 2011 8:11 pm
 

Beltran derby into final days, Rangers interested

You're crazy... Texas is 4th in the AL in attendance and it was 100 degrees out last night.  Fans are showing up alot more than in previous years.



Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: July 24, 2011 7:59 pm
 

Beltran derby into final days, Rangers interested

Let the Rangers have him and his huge salary. They'll be back in bankruptcy court again before long. May as well go all in Florida Marlin style, then sell the ranch in November to pay all the creditors.

 
I was at the Rangers ballpark last night. There were a LOT of empty seats. And I mean a LOT. For a team just in the World Series, they sure aren't selling tickets very well.



Since: Jul 10, 2009
Posted on: July 24, 2011 7:22 pm
 

Beltran derby into final days, Rangers interested

Maybe it is the .291 BA and .393 OBP or the 15 HRs and 63 RBIs.  Could be the league leading 47 XBH or the league leading 30 doubles.  Could be the 95 out of 101 games played or his defense.  But it could also be that he is the best OF'r available and the Mets are willing to pick up salary for prospects.  If a team is that close and he is the possible piece, no GM is going to tell the Mets to screw off.  Now that I think about it, I wouldn't mind seeing Carlos Beltran send the Red Sox home in October.



Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: July 24, 2011 6:11 pm
 

Beltran derby into final days, Rangers interested

I seriously do not get the Love affair, that MLB GM's seem to have w/ Beltran (not for the price anyway). i understand hes a great hitter, WHEN HE PLAYS- hes been too often injured throughout recent Years, not questioning his toughness but, last weekend he sat out 3 gms w/ "flu like symptoms". That wouldn't fly w/ a team actually in a Pennant race. players play hurt, sick, & few rarely b!tch about it.  There r viable OF's that can be traded for i.e.- Willingham, Ludwick, even Pence that wouldn't cost a team all their top  prospects. GM's around the league should tell the Mets 'screw off" & watch that price come down, no way the Mets let him walk & not   receive any compensation.



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