Carlos Beltran Drawing Plenty Of Interest

July 14, 2011 – 10:42 pm by Ryan Phillips

New York Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran is reportedly drawing lots of interest as a potential trade piece. Now that Francisco Rodriguez is gone, the Mets are surely looking to move Beltran next. So where is the six-time All-Star likely to end up?

Well, we’ve heard a move across town is out, as the New York Yankees are apparently not in on the Beltran chase. That said, at least seven teams are said to be monitoring his season.

The San Francisco Giants look to be the current leaders for Beltran’s services. The Giants could offer former first-round pick (and top prospect) Zach Wheeler in exchange for Beltran, as long as the Mets are willing to eat some of the veteran’s contract. The Giants have been looking for offense since Buster Posey’s injury and have the pitching depth in their system that the Mets currently covet.

The Boston Red Sox are also known to be interested in Beltran. Unfortunately for the Sox they shipped off three of their top prospects to acquire Adrian Gonzalez from the San Diego Padres, so their system isn’t as deep as it was a few months ago. They could still probably do a deal but it might take several prospects and they would probably have to eat the rest of Beltran’s contract.

The Detroit Tigers also look as if they’re going all-in this year to try and win a title, and are in on Beltran as well. Detroit wants to add a starting pitcher first, but will then focus on getting some offense. The Tigers are apparently a wild card in the Beltran chase because they have a lot to offer in their system if they really want to grab him.

Beltran wrapped up the first half hitting .285 with a .377 on-base percentage and a .503 slugging percentage. He has 13 home runs, 58 RBI and will be a free agent at the end of the season.

Those are decent numbers and we definitely expect Beltran to be on the move sometime in the next two weeks. We’ll keep you updated as we hear more.

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