The Carlos Beltran Farewell Tour continued Tuesday night in Cincinnati with three runs scored and another driven in as the Mets beat the Reds 8-6. For someone who knows he's about to be traded, Beltran appears unfazed.
It's been a grand season for the 34-year-old outfielder, whose already been in more games in 2011 than in each of the past two campaigns. The Mets couldn't have asked for more from the 14-year veteran and they are poised to cash in at the trade deadline.
Beltran is a difference maker. He's looked good in his transition to right field and could probably play center for a team in need at that position. But it's at the plate where Beltran can put a team over the top.
On pace to have around 100 RBI if he stays healthy, Beltran won't come cheap. The Mets won't trade Jose Reyes so Beltran is their best bet to yield the prospects the team so urgently needs.
Reports that he wants to stay in the National League are apparently inaccurate. His agent, Scott Boras, told ESPN.com Beltran is open to going to an AL contender. He is coveted by several teams, including the Rangers, Red Sox, Giants, Braves, Phillies and Brewers.
Update: The New York Mets and San Francisco Giants have agreed to terms, sending Beltran to the Giants.