New York Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran has been linked with a number of teams over the last week, most notably the Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox.
Others, like the Pittsburgh Pirates, have been reported to have limited interest, while teams like the Cleveland Indians have already been told that Beltran does not have them on a list of potential clubs he would accept a move to, regardless of the fact they would be willing to pick up his remaining contract.
The general consensus is that Beltran will not fetch an elite prospect like the Mets had first hoped. A large part of this is because teams are not willing to part with a stud in exchange for the two-month rental of a player who is not eligible for arbitration this winter.
Some beat writers are saying the Mets are coming close to lowering their expectations of which Minor Leaguers the team can acquire.
Read on to find out what the latest news is from the baseball writers and industry insiders, which prospects are already off the table and who I think the Mets have a more realistic chance of landing.