MLB Trade Rumors: Analyzing Carlos Beltran's Best-Suited Trade Destinations
Carlos Beltran is one of the most prized trading pieces as the trade deadline approaches, and the New York Mets appear to be considering shipping him off to a number of destinations.
The Mets have struggled to find success in the Beltran era, and it may be time to acquire a couple of young pieces in return for the Puerto Rican's services.
Teams looking for a veteran bat with playoff experience are inquiring about negotiations with the Mets.
Let's take a look at the five teams that would make sense as Beltran's destination.
Boston Red Sox
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The Boston Red Sox are one of the best teams in Major League Baseball once again, but their outfield is a definite weak spot.
Carl Crawford has struggled through minor injuries and slumps at the plate in his first season in Boston.
J.D. Drew appears to be over the hill, leaving holes at both of the corner outfield spots.
Jacoby Ellsbury is having a career year, but the Red Sox could use Carlos Beltran to take one of the corner positions.
Beltran would definitely accept a trade to Boston.
This would allow them to rotate Crawford and Drew at the other spot, solidifying the outfield.
It may be exactly what the Sox need to put them over the top in October.
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The Philadelphia Phillies have been one of the most aggressive teams in recent years, acquiring Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt, to name a few.
A move for Carlos Beltran, who they are pursuing, would make a lot of sense as another step forward by the front office.
Domonic Brown is a true talent in right field, but he may not be ready for a full-time job yet.
Beltran would make this lineup one of the scariest in the NL.
That, along with their dominant pitching staff, would make them favorites for another World Series ring.
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The Milwaukee Brewers do not seem like the perfect destination for Carlos Beltran.
They have three solid outfielders in the slugging Ryan Braun, on-base machine Nyjer Morgan and the steady Corey Hart.
Still, they have interest in Beltran.
Everyone remembers the impact that C.C. Sabathia had on the entire community of Milwaukee in his short stint with the team after a trade deadline deal.
Beltran may not be up to the task of single-handedly carrying a team to the playoffs like Sabathia.
Nonetheless, he could find a niche on this team and help them maintain their slim division lead.
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The Detroit Tigers are looking to make a run at a weak AL Central.this season.
After the Cleveland Indians got off to a hot start, the Tigers have slowly become the favorite in the division.
Their outfield has become a slight weakness for this team. Austin Jackson is struggling at the plate and Magglio Ordonez has been hurt by injuries. Brennan Boesch has been the lone bright spot.
ESPN's Buster Olney said the Tigers are a wild card in the Carlos Beltran sweepstakes.
He could be a perfect fit for a team that needs a solid hitting outfielder for the pennant race.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates are in the hunt for the NL Central division title, and Carlos Beltran may get them over the hump and into the playoffs.
Andrew McCutchen has turned into a star in center field, but they have failed to find consistent corner outfielders.
Beltran could step in and be an everyday outfielder immediately. The Pirates are expected to make a run at the Puerto Rican.
The Pirates need to do everything they can to capitalize on this opportunity.
This team has surprised everyone by remaining in the race up to this point. Now, they need to prove to fans that they will do what it takes to win.
By acquiring Beltran, the front office will give fans hope for this season, and finally show them they will make the necessary moves to turn this franchise around.