MLB Trade Deadline: Potential Suitors for Carlos Beltran

Michael DeSantisSenior Analyst IJuly 24, 2011

PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 12:  National League All-Star Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets stands on the field during the 82nd MLB All-Star Game at Chase Field on July 12, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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With the trade deadline almost a week away, there are many teams shopping some players. Carlos Beltran is one player being shopped around. The Mets, having already trading closer Francisco Rodriguez, are surely soon to trade Carlos Beltran.

Carlos Beltran, who's been called a five-tool outfielder over the years, has had an impressive stint with the New York Mets, who are definitely going to use him as a trade chip before the July 31 trade deadline. However, we don't know what team he'll go to yet.

According to Newsday, Beltran has some criteria on what kind of team he wants to land with. Obviously, he wants to go to a contender, but has said he wants to stay in the National League. He doesn't want to risk becoming a designated hitter, he wants to remain in the outfield.

Furthermore, he's said he wants to be on a team with a great pitching staff. Beltran believes pitching wins games, and that he'd have the best chance to win the World Series on a team with an excellent pitching staff.

One of the teams that would be a good fit for Beltran would be the Philadelphia Phillies. They could use a right fielder to replace Domonic Brown, and Carlos Beltran would be perfect. Still a decent fielder and much better hitter than Brown, Beltran could seriously boost the Phillies already deadly lineup.

The team fits Beltran's ideal criteria, as they have an outstanding pitching staff which features Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt (currently on the DL), Cole Hamels and Vance Worley.

Another team that would be a great fit for Beltran would be the San Francisco Giants. Beltran would make a fine replacement for center fielder Aaron Rowand or left fielder Cody Ross. The Giants also have a great pitching staff with guys like Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Ryan Vogelsong and Madison Bumgarner.

Another good fit but the least likely choice would be the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox are apparently interested in Beltran but I don't really see them as a great fit. The Red Sox already have a great outfield in Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury and Josh Reddick. They also have a very good DH in David Ortiz.

If Beltran were to somehow land with Boston, he'd have to share time in right field with the rookie Josh Reddick, or with Ortiz in the DH spot. The Red Sox rotation also isn't as solid as the Phillies or Giants. They have Josh Beckett, who's having a fantastic season; Jon Lester, who returns from the DL tomorrow; Tim Wakefield and John Lackey. Lackey is in the middle of an awful season. Clay Buchholz and Daisuke Matsuzaka are injured.

Even though Boston is interested, I can't see Beltran going there, as their pitching staff isn't as good as Philadelphia's or San Francisco's, and he may get stuck in a DH spot—something he really wants to avoid.

I see the Phillies as his best fit, as they have one of the best rotations in the league, if not the best, and could really use a right fielder like Beltran. The Phillies would have a great shot at winning the World Series, as Carlos Beltran would be the icing on their cake.