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Report: Giants, Red Sox hard after Beltran

Posted on: July 19, 2011 8:26 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2011 5:34 pm
 
Beltran

By Evan Brunell

The top suitors for right fielder Carlos Beltran are the Phillies and Red Sox, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.

Both Philadelphia and Boston are hunting for a right-handed hitter to balance lefty-heavy lineups; Beltran is a switch-hitter, but that only works to his advantage. Both clubs also have two youngsters (Josh Reddick in Boston and Domonic Brown in Philly) getting playing time, but their ability to play full-time down the stretch and produce is unclear. The Mets' Beltran would certainly answer those questions as the 34-year-old is having a resurgent season with a NL-leading 28 doubles and 14 homers, checking in with a .287/.381/.512 line in 381 plate appearances.

There are other teams also in on Beltran -- the Braves, Giants, Indians and Tigers have also been connected -- and not only is demand so high that Beltran may be moved earlier than July 31, but the Mets may not need to pay all of his salary. Previously, it was reported that New York was willing to eat all of the money on Beltran's $18.5 million contract in order to receive a top prospect back in trade. Now, Rosenthal says the bidding is so high that covering the entire deal may not be necessary. Any way for the Mets to save money on the $6 million or so remaining on his deal at the deadline will be a boon to the Mets, who already cleared out part of their financial issues by dealing closer Francisco Rodriguez to the Brewers.

Both the Phillies and Red Sox don't have much financial flexibility as they are bumping up against the luxury tax cap of $178 million. Cot's Contracts has the Sox at $163.8 million and the Phillies at $165.9 million, but these figures are incomplete. Philadelphia, for its part, is telling other teams they can only take on up to $2 million in any deal. Beltran would be the cherry on top for these clubs, as he would give the Phillies a strong offense to go with a suffocating rotation while the Red Sox would make an already filthy lineup that much filthier to hide the chinks in the rotation.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:31 am
 

Report: Giants, Red Sox hard after Beltran

All right report. I substantially recognize just about everything you have got comp rised.



Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: July 20, 2011 11:17 pm
 

Report: Giants, Red Sox hard after Beltran

Charlie is too loyal. If the Phils get Beltran he will be playing RF. Brown will be on the bench unless Raul continues not do much at the plate AND D Brown starts to light it up.


WRONG.  The PHillies aren't going to do the same thing to Brown as they did last year.  Brown is here to stay in RF, Ibanez would become a bench player if they acquired Beltran....you can count on it.



Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: July 20, 2011 9:24 pm
 

Report: Giants, Red Sox hard after Beltran

Charlie is too loyal. If the Phils get Beltran he will be playing RF. Brown will be on the bench unless Raul continues not do much at the plate AND D Brown starts to light it up.



Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: July 20, 2011 7:13 pm
 

Report: Giants, Red Sox hard after Beltran

Phillies ... well, according to their fans, they're the best team in baseball

According to our fans, the Phillies are the best team in baseball?  How about according to those 61 wins that lead MLB and due to the fact that they beat the other best team in MLB (Boston) 2 out of 3?


 and D. Brown is the next 6-tool player, so what would they even do with Beltran.

A) Brown is a 6 tool player?  Can you name those 6 tools?   I've heard of 5 tool players, but never heard of a 6 tool player. Wink

B) The Phillies wouldn't replace Brown with Beltran, they'd replace Ibanez with Beltran in LF.

 Questions about D. Brown playing down the stretch?  Other than media types, who has them?

This is one statement I agree with.  Brown has been having better AB's and improving as he continues getting playing time at the MLB level.  As I said before, the Phillies need Beltran to replace washed-up Raul IBUMez in LF for the stretch run, Brown is going to be fine.




Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2011 4:56 am
 

Report: Giants, Red Sox hard after Beltran

Exactly, lads; it's not like the Red Sox need offense.  They need some pitching, unless Bucholz gets completely healthy faster than people expect and even then they could use an arm or two--as surprising as that is, given the thought pre-season that their rotation went 6-7 deep.

Phillies ... well, according to their fans, they're the best team in baseball, and D. Brown is the next 6-tool player, so what would they even do with Beltran.  Questions about D. Brown playing down the stretch?  Other than media types, who has them?

No, no, no; the team that really, desperately needs to rent Beltran is the Giants.  It's how they won last year, and it's how they're going to have to do it this year, if they can do it at all.  The flashes from last year are gone; Aubrey Huff appears to be wearing normal underwear, Torres is good but not great, Posey is done.  We need a bat, and we need it now.

So, you Red Sox and Phillies just content yourselves with your current greatness; you're already in the WS anyway, per the media and your own tweets, so let us have him! 



Since: Sep 14, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2011 1:17 am
 

Report: Giants, Red Sox hard after Beltran

Come on Theo,

Josh Reddick is tearing it up. Don't sell the future (and present considering J.D. Drew's decline from mediocre to awful) for the rental of a resurgent but overpriced 34 yo. injury hazard. Give up Lars Anderson or Mike Bowden for Garza if you have to but stay clear of this Beltran noise.


I have to agree with you on this one.  I was on bored when the Mets where willing to pick up the remaining $6MM or so left on Beltran's contact.  But if we end up having to pay half to a majority of the remaining balance AND lose a good prospect on top of that count me out.  Carlos Beltran has been a solid player throughout his career but let's face it, renting him isn't what we need right now.  Josh Reddick is hitting .367.  Yeah, his at bats aren't quite there yet (hence the uncertainty about whether or not he can produce these kinds of results for a full season), but you have to give the kid a chance to shine!  Lord knows no matter what he does, it will be an improvement over J.D. Drew hidious .223



Since: Jun 14, 2009
Posted on: July 20, 2011 12:09 am
 

Report: Giants, Red Sox hard after Beltran

I agree, might as well stick with Reddick/Drew in the outfield, even though Drew is basically useless at this point and is pretty much going to be a potential fourth outfielder for the rest of the season.



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 11:54 pm
 

Report: Giants, Red Sox hard after Beltran

Come on Theo,

Josh Reddick is tearing it up. Don't sell the future (and present considering J.D. Drew's decline from mediocre to awful) for the rental of a resurgent but overpriced 34 yo. injury hazard. Give up Lars Anderson or Mike Bowden for Garza if you have to but stay clear of this Beltran noise.



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