It has come down to not if Carlos Beltran will be traded, now its a matter of when and where he will be traded. Many have said that his last home at bat with the Mets was made when they played there last game at Citi Field.
Teams have been showing signs of interest in Beltran all year long, however it has developed in to a select number of teams that we expect Beltran to be traded to.
- Phillies, Braves, Red Sox, Giants, and the Rangers are the top 5 teams that we expect Beltran to head off to.
- The Mets have been watching LHP Mike Minor from the Braves, who if Beltran is traded that was you could expect Minor and another prospect to be coming to Flushing.
- With all the teams the favorite is most likely the Phillies
- From the Phillies the Mets would hope to pick up OF prospect Dominic Brown
- The Mets would be expecting big prospects from the Red Sox
Also this quote from David Waldstein of the NY times was stated
“According to two people in baseball familiar with the situation, the team reached out to Scott Boras … They were informed that Beltran would indeed be willing to consider the idea of re-signing with the Mets in the offseason, even if he is traded in the coming days.”
However along this time period I'm almost sure the Mets will be looking to involve themselves in some more trades other than Beltran.
Earlier tonight, the Mets parted ways with closer Francisco Rodriguez as they traded him and cash to the Milwaukee Brewers for two players to be named later.
“We thank Frankie for his contributions to the Mets and wish him well with the Brewers,” Sandy Alderson said in a press release, which was sent out at 12:05 am. “This trade allows us to develop and more fully utilize other members of our 2011 bullpen and offers some payroll relief as well.”
According to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, the Mets will pay $5 million to the Brewers.
This trade was more of a matter of time, and not an if. There is no way anyone should be paying $17.5 million to a guy who pitches just 70 innings. The Mets got rid of a large sum of money and will have roughly $30 million or so to spend on new acquisitions this winter. This is only the beginning of what is expected of the Mets this trading deadline.
The Mets have announced that they have signed Miguel Batista and assigned him to Triple A Buffalo
He was 3-2 with a 4.60 ERA in 26 appearances with the Cardinals until they released him in June.
An article from the NY Post had to say this on Reyes
“Jose Reyes‘ left hamstring tweak may be the best injury that has ever happened to the Mets…The injury is a gentle, discouraging reminder to other teams that Reyes is always one hamstring injury away from a serious danger. The Mets have to resign Reyes. They know it. He is too valuable. He’s too much of a fan favorite to let him get away…If the Mets make a strong offer, Reyes will be a hero for staying with the club. If he jumps to another city and has the pressure of being the star of a new team, he may not be able to handle it.”
This is very true we have all seen over the past years Reyes' lingering hamstring injuries. This could cause teams to reconsider if spending that much money is worth it.
Also Santana threw another bullpen session Anderson told reporters which means he is well on his way to coming back to the starting rotation.
As the calendar switches over to July lets take a look back on one of the greatest months in Mets and baseball history.
Jose Reyes finished June with 45 hits, 29 runs scored, seven triples and 11 stolen bases in 26 games.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no other major-league player had such a month since, July, 1912 when Ty Cobb racked up 68 hits, 33 runs, eight triples and 15 steals in 30 games.
Reyes is on path for a record breaking season, as well as a MVP candidate.