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MLB Trade Rumors: Carlos Beltran vs. B.J. Upton, Who's the Better Player?
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B.J. Upton is a much better trade piece than Beltran.

It seems as though this year's trade deadline is performing at a more lackluster pace. The biggest trade thus far is...K-Rod? Seriously? That's weak. Fear not, as we are now in the less-than-a-week-point of the 2011 MLB fiasco, something huge will be going down before we know it.

For the past few weeks, we've been hearing plenty—and then some—about big names like Heath Bell and Carlos Beltran. New names are popping up almost daily, some of which are huge—like B.J. Upton.

Upton's name being thrown into the ring may possibly have to do with the Rays staring at an almost 10-game deficit in the AL East.

So, if you're looking for an outfielder with a solid bat, who would you choose, Upton or Beltran?

There are multiple ways to gauge whether or not Upton or Beltran is the better player—all are subjective. Here's five factors that I feel need to be considered in order to help evaluate which player is better for your team to pick up in a trade.

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