I'm not going to lie. When I saw how well Carlos Beltran was actually performing this year, I started to wonder why he wasn't the guy every team was trying to auction the farm (system) for.
But then again, basic supply and demand aren't the only things that have to be taken into account during trade season.
Money has to be taken into account as well, such as the money still owed to Beltran from the $18.5 million he was scheduled to make this season. Control, as in how long a certain player will remain under the thumb of his franchise, also has to be considered. In Beltran's case, there is none. He's scheduled to become a free agent at the end of this season, making a deal in which a team would have to shell out around $9 million to acquire him for less than two months, or three if they're lucky, a tough deal to stomach.
Still, this is the craziest time of year for baseball execs for a reason. Sometimes, it's that little piece you add in late July that makes all the difference in the playoffs in October.
Without further ado, I present 10 of the top bats on the market this trade season.