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MLB Trade Rumors: Is Carlos Beltran a Good Fit for the New York Yankees?

Jim MancariCorrespondent IMay 22, 2011

MLB Trade Rumors: Is Carlos Beltran a Good Fit for the New York Yankees?

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    DENVER, CO - MAY 12:  Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets rounds the bases on his third home run of the game off of Matt Lindstrom of the Colorado Rockies in the ninth inning at Coors Field on May 12, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Beltran had three homeru
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    On Friday, Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News reported that the New York Yankees could be a possible destination for New York Mets right fielder Carlos Beltran.

    Beltran was originally pursued by the Yankees before signing his seven-year contract with the Mets that expires after this season.

    The Mets would be wise to move Beltran while he is swinging the bat well, so they can receive maximum value for him.

    However, would Beltran be a good fit for the Yankees?

5. Jorge Posada Struggling

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    NEW YORK - MAY 22:  Jorge Posada #20 of the New York Yankees watches a fly ball just go foul missing a homerun against the New York Mets on May 22, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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    Current Yankees designated hitter Jorge Posada is struggling to find his normally good offensive stroke.

    With his recent actions about being moved down in the batting order, Posada may be on a short leash in the Bronx.

    If he continues his struggles, the Yankees may look elsewhere for a DH.

    Carlos Beltran could be a solution, and he can also play the outfield. If the Yankees are forced to include Brett Gardner in a trade to acquire a starting pitcher, Beltran could fill in at one of the corner positions.

    He would bat in the middle of the order to provide even more offensive punch for the Bronx Bombers.

4. Would Thrive in Yankee Stadium

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    NEW YORK - MAY 20:  Mark Teixeira #25 of the New York Yankees (not pictured) hits a home run just over the leap of Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets in the bottom of the third on May 20, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.
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    Carlos Beltran is a switch hitter, who hits with power from both sides of the plate.

    While he wouldn’t exactly be Mickey Mantle, he would terrorize the new Yankee Stadium.

    His power seems to be back, so he can do some damage with the short right and left field porches.

    Beltran’s game would translate well in the Bronx, which could be a reason the Yankees would consider him.

3. Who Would Be Involved in the Trade?

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    DENVER, CO - MAY 09:  Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets scores on a grounder by Jason Bay #44 of the New York Mets who was safe on the play after a throwing error by third baseman Ian Stewart #9 of the Colorado Rockies in the sixth inning at Coors F
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    If a trade were to occur, it would be interesting to see who the Mets would ask for in return.

    Most likely, Carlos Beltran would only be a two-month rental player for the Yankees.

    Therefore, the team may be reluctant to deal a high-level prospect.

    There’s little chance Jesus Montero, Austin Romine, Dellin Betances, Manny Banuelos or Andrew Brackman would be moved in a deal for Beltran.

    If that’s the case, the Yankees would have to put together a decent package of mid-level prospects to get a deal done.

    The Mets may be better off seeking another deal for Beltran, who might be a hot commodity around the trade deadline if he keeps up his hot hitting.

2. Mets Playing Surprisingly Well

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    DENVER, CO - MAY 12:  Outfielders Jason Bay #44, Jason Pridie #20 and Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets celebrate their 9-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on May 12, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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    This season, the Mets have outplayed expectations.

    After a 5-13 start, the team is only two games under .500 after losing two close games against the Yankees in interleague play.

    Carlos Beltran has been a major part of the Mets' success so far.

    If the Mets can get hot over the summer, they may think about keeping Beltran for the stretch run.

    They’d have a few teams to climb over in the NL East, but it’s still too early to count them out.

    Having a healthy Beltran for a postseason push may be what keeps the Mets competitive.

1. Verdict

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    DENVER, CO - MAY 12:  Carlos Beltran #15 and Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets celebrate their 9-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on May 12, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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    In the end, a trade between the Mets and Yankees involving Carlos Beltran seems unlikely.

    The teams may not be able to agree on the personnel involved in such a trade.

    Other teams could possibly offer a better package for Beltran than the Yankees can, but the rumors will likely intensify as we get closer to the deadline.

    Who knows? Maybe Jose Reyes’ name will be involved in a potential deal with Yankees.

    There should be plenty of speculation, but it all comes down to how the Mets play over the next few weeks.

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