MLB Trade Deadline: Speculating on Carlos Beltran Trade Returns

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MLB Trade Deadline: Speculating on Carlos Beltran Trade Returns
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With multiple contenders in need of an impact bat, New York Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran is shaping up to be one of the hottest names on the trade market this summer.

Earlier this week, ESPN’s Buster Olney named the San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays as potential fits for the 34-year old All-Star.

Unlike Tuesday’s trade of Francisco Rodriguez to Milwaukee Brewers, which was clearly financially driven, the Mets have made it clear that Beltran, who batted .285 with 13 HR and 58 RBI in the first half, can be had, but only for the right price.

There’s two ways that this appears to be going:

1. Beltran will be owed about $6M for the rest of the season. The Mets have indicated that they will be willing to throw cash into the deal (essentially pay for Beltran), but will expect a top-flight prospect (maybe, even more) in return.

2. A team will take on the $6M contract but will only give up a second-tier prospect

While no rumors have surfaced regarding which prospects/players will be included in a deal, here’s some deal speculation regarding the five rumored teams above. 

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