With the Mets already saying they'd pay for the remaining salary on Beltran's contract, this means they will ask for a lot in return.
I fully expect the Mets to ask for Jesus Montero, Ivan Nova, Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos (you'll see this package several times in the remaining slide) at a minimum.
I wouldn't be surprised if they also ask for a couple more prospects or even a player already on the Yankees MLB roster such as Ramiro Pena or Eduardo Nunez too boot.
Beltran is the best player available on the market and even with the Mets willing to pick up the final $6 million of his contract, he is still a free agent to be, and that's a high price to get him.
The Yankees also have to figure out what they would do with Beltran. Is he the DH? Is he the right fielder? What would that mean for Jorge Posada and/or Nick Swisher?
This is the kind of move George Steinbrenner would have been all over. Thankfully, his sons and Brian Cashman have shown that they will not mortgage the future to win now.
The Yankees should counter with Montero, Nova and Nunez. Montero's time and opportunity with the Yankees is running short. Nova has been pretty good (I believe Betances and Banuelos will be better in the long run) and Nunez is going to be stuck as a platoon player until Derek Jeter retires.
This deal would give the Mets a catching/first base prospect in Montero, a young pitcher in Nova and a player that can play third or short with an above-average bat.
While the Yankees offense has sputtered as of late with Alex Rodriguez on the DL, I do expect the Yankees to go after a big bat (not just pitching as initially thought) but think the Mets will simply demand too much.
I put the chances of the Yankees acquiring Beltran at less than 25 percent.