With the trade of Francisco Rodriguez to the Milwaukee Brewers, the New York Mets officially opened the trading season. With their financial problems, it is expected that Carlos Beltran will join K-Rod on his way out of Queens.
Is it possible that he’ll be headed to the shores of Lake Erie?
For all of the hate that has gone Beltran’s way in recent years, he is still a very productive player. His .287/.381/.512 slash line, .893 OPS (147 OPS+), 14 HR, 59 RBI, 3 SB and 3.1 WAR have made him arguably the best bat available at the deadline this year.
Unfortunately, that level of production causes his cost to rise. The word on the street right now is that it’ll take a “top prospect” to get Beltran. Typically the Indians avoid these kinds of deals. ESPN’s Buster Olney said as much when he tweeted this on July 16th:
“A perfect fit for CLE (and other teams, too). But can’t see CLE giving up Grade A prospect for him, if Mets keep to that price.”
The next day, though, Olney tweeted that the door is still open for the Tribe:
“If the Mets pay down the salary of Carlos Beltran, that means that every interested team is in play, including CLE.”
Basically, if the price goes down, the Indians are in on the Beltran sweepstakes. This is probably for the best. The Indians aren’t built to win in 2011, so all of this overachieving is icing on the cake. There’s no point mortgaging the future for two months of Carlos Beltran.
If the price goes down, however, the Indians should do everything in their power to acquire Beltran. Read More…
From Bleacher Report, July 18, 2011