On a sweltering Thursday afternoon last week, Mets fans in attendance for a 'camp day' game against the St. Louis Cardinals gave outfielder Carlos Beltran a light standing ovation when he came to the plate in the 9th. The fans realized that it would likely be Beltran's last at bat as a Met, and rightly so.
Despite playing above expectations considering the injuries they've dealt with, the New York Mets are not a playoff contender this year. After the front office declared that Jose Reyes would not be moving at the deadline, Beltran became the new focus of trade rumors. In the last year of a 7-year contract, Beltran has found some of the pop that enticed the Mets to bring him to Queens following 2004. Now that he's on the verge of departure, five teams are contending for his services.
This article will go through those five teams and highlight who the Mets could possibly expect to get back in a trade with each club.