MLB Trade Deadline 2011: Which Pennant-Chaser Does Carlos Beltran Help the Most?

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MLB Trade Deadline 2011: Which Pennant-Chaser Does Carlos Beltran Help the Most?
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From April to June, the king of the contract year was Jose Reyes. If there was a team in need of an offensive spark or upgrade, Reyes was the man to watch.

But as we enter the final week before the July 31 MLB trade deadline, the trade-talk crown has been passed to Reyes' teammate on the financially battered New York Mets, Carlos Beltran.

The Mets front office is increasingly leaning toward keeping Reyes and instead shopping their slugging outfielder Beltran.

The three major clubs in the National League that are in the Carlos Beltran Sweepstakes are the Atlanta Braves, the San Francisco Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Since chances are that if Beltran lands in another NL city, it will be with one of these three pennant-chasing teams, the big question that arises is: Who would Beltran help the most?

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