At 46-45 and 7.5 games behind the wild card leading Atlanta Braves, the Mets find themselves in a peculiar position. They aren't necessarily out of contention, but they aren't in the thick of the playoff picture either.
How the Mets play in the next few weeks leading up to the July 31st non-waivers trade deadline will help Sandy Alderson to determine whether to retain his slugging right fielder, or trade him while his stock is high for premium young talent.
There is widespread interest in acquiring Beltran throughout Major League Baseball, but perhaps the most consistent trade partner being sputtered around by the ever turning rumor mill is the San Francisco Giants.
The Giants have the need for a power bat in the middle of their lineup after the loss of Buster Posey, and Beltran is more than capable of filling that role.
Alderson has already stated that he'll be looking for top prospect talent in return for Beltran, because as he believes, Carlos is the top outfielder on the market this summer.
Given the Mets' needs, lets take a look at some young talent in the Giants' farm system that may be appealing to Sandy Alderson.