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Five scouts in town to watch Carlos Beltran; Giants the favorites?

Jul 24, 2011, 1:26 PM EDT

Carlos Beltran AP

According to FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi, the Braves, Giants, Phillies, Rangers and Red Sox have all had scouts watching Carlos Beltran this weekend as the Mets take on the Marlins.

They should be liking what they’re seeing.  Beltran just drove in a run for the third straight game with a first-inning sac fly versus the Marlins.  He also walked once Friday and three times Saturday.  He entered Sunday’s game hitting .291/.393/.520 in 344 at-bats.

While the Giants and Phillies have been labeled as the favorites for Beltran by Jon Heyman, Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan says the Rangers are “coming hard.”

Passan, though, labels the Giants the front-runners and says outfielder Francisco Peguero could be part of a deal.  The Giants are likely trying to get Beltran without losing either their No. 1 position prospect, Gary Brown, or their No. 1 pitching prospect, Zack Wheeler.

Peguero a toolsy 23-year-old center fielder, has hit .269/.283/.417 with three homers in 108 at-bats for Double-A Richmond this season.  Last year, he hit .322 with 10 homers, 16 triples and 40 steals for Single-A San Jose, but it came with an 88/18 K/BB ratio in 510 at-bats.

2:20 p.m. EDT update: Heyman hears that the Phillies have said no to including either outfielder Domonic Brown or top pitching prospect Jarred Cosart in a deal for Beltran.  They have other quality pieces, such as first baseman Jonathan Singleton, RHP Brody Colvin and RHP Trevor May, but the Mets may be able to do better.

  1. sdelmonte - Jul 24, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    I hope they pay scouts well to fly into Miami this time of year. Then again, it was not as hot there as at Citi Field.

    • macjacmccoy - Jul 25, 2011 at 5:24 AM

      why does that deserve 2 thumbs down. All the guy said is it sucks to have to go to Miami this time of the year bc of the heat and then pointed out that it was actually hotter up here in the north east then down in florida.

      But yea you guys are right. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO !

      • macjacmccoy - Jul 25, 2011 at 5:25 AM

        heck Ill thumbs down my self for agreeing with him.

  2. mojosmagic - Jul 25, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    I like Beltran but as a Phillies fan I wouldn’t give up the farm for a two month rental. I would however trade Dom Brown for Hunter Spence. That trade makes sense for both teams in a simular way when the Phils traded Brad Linge for Mike Bourne and went on to win the World Series while Bourne became an All Star for Houston. Hunter is in his prime and makes some coin while Dom is a couple of years from his prime and makes nothing. Dom might have more of an upside but the Phils are built to win now.

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