The Phillies are currently in hot pursuit of New York Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran, according to a report from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. The Red Sox are also supposedly very interested.
On one hand this is good news, as the Phillies desperately need another bat, and Beltran could easily slide into either left or right field, with Raul Ibanez and Domonic Brown picking up the playing time scraps. And the lefty/righty situation wouldn’t be an issue since Beltran is a switch-hitter.
On the other hand, in New York he’s part of a group of losers that make up a directionless Mets franchise.
That said, even at 34 Beltran is still an offensive force. For the season he’s hitting .287, with 14 homeruns, 59 RBIs, and has an .893 OPS in 90 games. He also has a league leading 28 doubles, so while his knees aren’t what they used to be he can still get around the basepaths.
Beltran does have a no-trade clause, but it would be hard to imagine he’d have a problem moving a few hours down the turnpike and to play for a winner. Then again, with his loser mentality, you never know.
But if he agrees, not only would Beltran greatly improve the Phils lineup, it’s reported the Mets would be willing to pick up the majority of the money owed to Beltran this season, the last of his contract. Beltran should be due around $6 million as of July 31, the non-waiver trade deadline; however, with the interest in Beltran so high right now, New York may not need to pay as much as originally thought, per Rosenthal.
Of course, the price tag in prospects for a trade with an intra-division rival may be steep, it’s a move the Phillies almost have to make.
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