Mets Trade Rumors: What Jose Reyes Means to Carlos Beltran

Jake KarmelCorrespondent IIJuly 21, 2011

PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 12:  National League All-Star Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets and National League All-Star Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets talk in the field during batting practice before the start of the 82nd MLB All-Star Game at Chase Field on July 12, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The New York Mets have told ESPN's Buster Olney that Jose Reyes will for certain not be dealt before the July 31 trade deadline.

So what does that mean for Carlos Beltran?

He almost for certain will be gone within the next 10 days, maybe even sooner.  

Now that Jose Reyes is for certain off the trade market (as if he was really on it in the first place) the Mets will push Beltran's name to teams even harder. The Mets are looking to make a deal for prospects, and if Reyes is staying, Beltran is the only name on the roster who can be swapped for three, maybe even four prospects, depending on the caliber.

Reyes is only 28 years old compared to Beltran who is well into his 30s, so moving Beltran over Reyes makes more sense.

Also, both players are free agents at the end of this season. This year Beltran is making over $18 million compared to Reyes who is making $11 million. The Mets know they can't keep both players. It is known now they are going to choose the younger Reyes to build a newer younger Mets team around.

Now, as I've said before in my previous article which you can read here about Beltran trade rumors, he is more than likely going to be a Giant by July 31. The Mets are looking to unload, and Beltran makes the most sense.

When they unloaded Francisco Rodriguez to the Brewers, the Mets made their intentions for this trade season clear.

They are going to sell and sell it all.