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Carlos Beltran says he’d accept a trade to Boston

Jul 11, 2011, 3:52 PM EDT

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Carlos Beltran hasn’t been shy about answering trade questions as he perhaps enters his final weeks with the Mets.  After indicating last week that he’d be open to a trade to San Francisco, he came out Monday and said Boston is on his list as well.

“They’re in first place,” he said.  “That’s a no-brainer.”

The Red Sox have stuck with the struggling J.D. Drew in right field, even though he’s driven in just 21 runs in 73 games.  They might be open to making a change if the right opportunity comes along.  Still, there’s nothing to suggest they’ve engaged the Mets in talks regardling Beltran.  Not only would the $6 million left on his deal be an obstacle, but such an acquisition could also have luxury-tax ramifications for a Boston team that’s been straddling the line.

Beltran, because he’s spent 10 years in the league and the last five with the same team, has full no-trade protection.

  1. halladaysbiceps - Jul 11, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    I don’t see this happening. Besides the fact that they will not cross the luxury tax line, they really do not need offense. If anything, they would be more inclined to pick up another starting pitcher on the cheap if they can.

  2. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - Jul 11, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    No thanks , Reddick will do fine in right field when Crawford returns . Thanks for the good times J.D. , real class act , but it is time to be lifted from the starting lineup , still a great right fielder , but with runners on and 2 outs this year its just about a guaranteed strike out or fly out.

  3. Jonny 5 - Jul 11, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    No freaking way they go after more offense. If anything the Sox go after arms. That’s what I think anyway. Unless it a big package deal with k-rod involved, I don’t see it.

  4. Jack Marshall - Jul 11, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    There are credible rumblings that the Sox might just go ahead and release Drew. He looks like he’s retired already.

    • frankvzappa - Jul 11, 2011 at 5:34 PM

      Man I hope they do. There is no reason to even have him on the roster once Crawford gets back. He has a couple rings, time to just ride off into the sunset, whether he needs a swift kick in the ass on his way out the door or not.

  5. kdub61 - Jul 11, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    I’ve always liked Beltran, but he’s about 5 years past where I would make a move for him. He’ll turn out to be another JD Drew and break if you breathe on him.

    • chrisny3 - Jul 11, 2011 at 5:35 PM

      Beltran has played in every single game this year and has not had a single injury. He’s moving and running well also. He would be short-term rental anyway, as Boras will surely take him to free agency. So there really should be no concern with any acquiring team over Beltran’s health this year.

      If the Red Sox can get Beltran at a price they can afford, I think they would be silly not to upgrade their OF. Beltran is also a proven postseason performer who can make a big difference in October. I know they may need pitching more, but if they can’t get it, might as well upgrade where you can.

  6. Kevin S. - Jul 11, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Carlos Beltran would make a lot of sense in Boston. And in Philly. And in Atlanta. And in Texas. And in Milwaukee. And in San Francisco. And for pretty much any contender except the Yanks, who would be getting less of a marginal upgrade over their current crop of outfielders. Even then, it could work if they simultaneously sent one of their starting OF to an offense-starved team with excess starting pitching (like Atlanta or San Fran).

    • Kevin S. - Jul 11, 2011 at 6:20 PM

      D’oh! Of course he’d be an upgrade over Posada at DH. They’ll probably never do it, because they can’t hurt the delicate wittle feewings of the old guard, but Beltran would certainly give them a boost there, too.

  7. patsandsox - Jul 11, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    Just my opinion. Beltran is too old and his best days are behind him. If they want to get a right fielder and trade prospect plus spend money, why not go after someone like Hunter Pence? After they give Drew his retirement party, hopefully a couple of months early, they can use his $14 on Pence and another starting pitcher.

    Like I sadi just my opinion, but food for thought. Why add a guy on his way down and out?

    • Kevin S. - Jul 11, 2011 at 6:10 PM

      Because they’re only looking for a rental and Beltran’s been just as good if not better than Pence this year.

    • bigharold - Jul 11, 2011 at 6:24 PM

      Frankly it would make sense depending on what pitching is available. And, although the RS need pitching there is little point in forcing the issue if nothing worth having is available.

      Beltran would be a limited time rental. It would likely cost the RS nothing much more than money that they could well afford, even though they are luxury cap averse. My understanding is that his agreement excludes the option of offering him arbitration so no potential draft picks are in play, which should help simplify the analysis. And, most importantly, Beltran’s playing for next year. Why do you think he’s played in just about every game so far this year? Short of his leg falling off he’s going all out and he will be focused for the rest of the season. Anybody remember what he did for the Astros in the playoffs? That is what got him the contract he’s coming off now. He won’t get that regardless of how well he does the rest of the season but if he wants a shot next year at being more than a 4th OFer/DH he knows he will have to produce and if he makes it to the playoffs,.. even better.

      Sure the RS need pitching more than anything but failing a decent deal presenting itself, Beltran could help. And, as a Yankee fan I’d rather not see it happen. The real question is does the RS FO think that Beltran can make the difference versus the millions that it will cost them. I hope they don’t think so and the RF continues to be a black hole offensively for them.

  8. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - Jul 11, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Pats and sox , why would the red sox overpay for a year of pence? The long term solution at right field for the Red Sox is Andre Ethier , most likely they won’t aquire him in a trade but in a couple years , theres a pretty good chance the Sox give him a good contract .

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