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New York Mets Hot Stove Update: Beltran Trade, Maine Gone?

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 14: Angel Pagan #16 of the New York Mets is welcomed home by teammates David Wright #5 and Jose Reyes #7 after running in a two-run double hit by Carlos Beltran #15 (not seen) of the Mets in the fourth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates on September 14, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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Double G SportsCorrespondent IDecember 8, 2010

The New York Mets' quiet offseason is finally picking up. Other than all the movement in the front office, the Mets had not been heard from about any potential offseason moving and dealing. The past few days have been a different story and we have the latest rumblings from the Major League Baseball winter meetings.

- The Mets have spoken with the Boston Red Sox about possibly trading Carlos Beltran. New Mets GM Sandy Alderson is willing to pay some salary in order to send off Beltran. An interesting idea was brought out in one of the local newspapers that Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka has a similar contract.

- The Mets and pitcher D.J. Carrasco have agreed to a two-year contract worth $2.5 million. Carrasco pitched 78 1/3 innings for the Arizona Diamondbacks last season. He finished the year with a 3.68 ERA, 7.5 K/9 and 0.57 HR/9 ratio. He had a 47.5 percent ground ball rate, as well.

- Catcher Ronny Paulino agreed to sign a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Mets. Paulino will provide catching depth. The deal also includes incentives and is pending a physical. In 316 plate appearances for Florida last season, Paulino batted .259. He still has eight games remaining on a suspension for PEDs last season.

- The Mets' front office has talked with representatives for pitcher Freddy Garcia.

- Chad Qualls has the interest of the Mets. The 32-year-old relief pitcher split time with the Diamondbacks and Rays last year. In 59 innings, Qualls had a 7.32 ERA and 7.5 K/9 ratio.

- Sean Green, Chris Carter and John Maine were non-tendered and have become free agents, likely ending their time with the Mets.

Read more of the latest rumors surrounding the New York Mets, as this article continues on Double G Sports.

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