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Mets Trade Rumors: Red Sox Wise to Avoid Carlos Beltran Circus

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 15:  Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets breaks off first base against Ryan Howard #6 of the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on July 15, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Tom KinslowFeatured ColumnistJuly 20, 2011

The last thing the Boston Red Sox need to do is make a splash.

When you trade for a player like Adrian Gonzalez in the offseason and follow it up with the signing of Carl Crawford, you're pretty much set in terms of marquee acquisitions.

Despite that, the Red Sox have kicked the tires on Carlos Beltran, but it didn't take long to figure out that the price is much too steep for the club's blood.

Per Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com:

The Red Sox have made known their interest to the Mets, but at this stage are unwilling to part with the type of top-tier prospects New York is seeking in return, according to a Red Sox source.

And as much as they would like a right-handed bat, the Red Sox may have more pressing needs to address, especially on the pitching side, with three-fifths of their starting rotation out of action and reliever Bobby Jenks on the disabled list for a third time.

"We're interested in Beltran, but the price would have to be sensible," one Red Sox source said Wednesday, reiterating the position Boston maintained from the outset. "We lost a lot of good prospects for (Adrian) Gonzalez and want to protect our better minor leaguers."

Further simplifying the club's decision is the stellar play of Josh Reddick. The prospect stepped up while the club dealt with injuries, eventually usurping JD Drew's role in right field when the dust settled.

 

In his limited time with the Red Sox, Reddick is hitting a robust .367 and has helped stabilize Boston's outfield.

With the roll that the young right fielder is on, it doesn't make much sense to trade for a big name like Beltran.

Plus, right field isn't the biggest area of need for the Red Sox, as Edes points out. The Sox have issues with the pitching staff that need to be fixed before the postseason.

Patching up those holes will make the difference between a World Series and a minor playoff run, and Theo Epstein needs to use his limited assets to attack the pitching market instead of chasing Beltran.

As we get closer to the trade deadline, the market for Beltran is going to heat up, and inevitably, the price for his services is going to skyrocket.

Beltran has a huge salary and it will cost much more than that to get him in a Red Sox uniform.

Epstein has decided the price is too high as it is and has smartly passed on getting caught up in a wild chase for a player that won't put his club over the top.

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