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The Giants may be falling out of the Carlos Beltran sweepstakes

Jul 21, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

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That stuff I said in my last Beltran post? About the Mets wanting prospects, not money, for Carlos Beltran?  Yeah, that’s causing a bit of a problem for the Giants it seem.  Adam Rubin reports:

According to a person with knowledge of the Giants’ thinking, San Francisco’s current position is that it is willing to assume most or all of the $6 million owed to Beltran for the remainder of the season, but does not want to part with a high-end prospect in exchange for a half-season rental. The Mets, as we know, are holding out for talent, and are willing to pay the salary.

After all that stuff that was buzzing around at the All-Star break, I sort of figured that the Giants would be the front runner, but I guess that falls to Philly now.  Or Atlanta, I suppose, though I’m struggling to see Frank Wren make a big move like that.  This is the same guy, after all, who traded for Rick Ankiel and Kyle Farnsworth last summer and thought he had raised hell.

  1. dreadpiratesteve - Jul 21, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    That’s the right way to look at it Sabean. If you can get an over the hill player for one or two B/B+ prospect and assuming the remainder of the contract I say do the deal. But two A/A+ prospects for Beltran is horrific overpayment. Let some other desperate team decimate their farm system for him.

  2. ceadderman - Jul 21, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    No team is going to pay that. Whoever does pay that, should be summarily fired and executed on the spot.

    The Giants are no more out of it than the other teams are. The Mets are only asking for prospects because we’ve got good ones they’re drooling over.

    Someone needs to go over there and slap that GM or pour a ice bucket full of water in his lap. Maybe that will wake him up.

  3. nlfan865 - Jul 21, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    the braves would be smart to trade for beltran now and hold out for the mets to pick up his remaining salary….beltran unless he comes out strong after the trade is not going to do well on the free agent market next year…the braves have alot of talent waiting to come up that could go in a swap….they definately will not let go of tehran.but could stand to let go of redmond,minor,stephan gartrell,or nate mclouth for that matter

    • foreverchipper10 - Jul 21, 2011 at 3:40 PM

      I wouldn’t swap Minor for a two month rental of Beltran straight up let alone with someone else. Teheren is out of the question here. One of the highest touted prospects in the game. As for McClouth I can’t see the Mets even wanting him. I still have a hatred for Beltran ever since he almost single handledly ended the Braves last postseason appearance in their division title run whilst he was an Astro. Granted I would take him over Frenchy or anyone of that ilk but as a Braves fan I don’t really want to give up what we would need to in order to land him.

  4. dreadpiratesteve - Jul 21, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    No one in their right mind would want Nate McLouth. That’d be like taking Aaron Rowand in a trade…

    • onemilemore - Jul 21, 2011 at 4:06 PM

      And if someone would take Rowand in a trade, I would run naked through the streets in celebration. I’m a dude, but I think Giants fans would rather me than Rowand at this point.

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