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Perhaps the biggest player on the market, New York Mets slugging outfielder Carlos Beltran has made big news by stating he will not accept a trade to an American League team.
He has given the Mets front office a list of seven NL teams that he would play for, and since there are only eight contending teams, one is left out in the cold. The five contenders are the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox, according to Buster Olney (h/t Adam Rubin of ESPN).
The San Francisco Giants have a legitimate chance at landing the outfielder because Beltran has shown interest in going to the defending world champions, and the Giants have a deep farm system. He would play right field consistently and mix in with current center and left fielders such as Andres Torres and Cody Ross, respectively.
However, both the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves have inquired and made serious offers. The Phillies are also intriguing to Beltran, and the Phils would probably have to give a little more because they are in the Mets' division.
Mets front office workers are working on getting some financial relief for Beltran's bloated contract, and it could be a strong possibility that either the Phillies or the Giants will pick up some of the $8 million he will earn the rest of this season, along with giving up a solid prospect for the all star outfielder.
With only seven days left before the deadline passes, it will be down to the nitty gritty to work out the details. Stick with Bleacher Report's coverage to find out where Beltran ends up.