Just a few weeks ago, Carlos Beltran‘s stock was as high as ever. The All-Star was having a great season, earning an All-Star selection for the first time since 2008. It seemed very likely that the Mets were going to get a top prospect in exchange for Beltran.
Well, he still is having a great season. In fact, he is hitting .339 in July. However, in the past week or so, Beltran’s stock has been going down. B.J. Upton has come onto the market and is a cheaper alternative to Beltran. The Mets originally wanted to pay Beltran’s salary for the rest of the year so they could get a top prospect in return, but that plan seems to be falling by the wayside. The Mets asked for Dominic Brown from the Phillies, Mike Minor from the Braves, and top pitching prospect Zach Wheeler from the Giants, but heard a “no thanks” from all three teams. The Giants, Phillies, and Braves have both seemed to lose interest in Beltran this week, but Texas, Boston, and a few other longshots are still in the running. The Mets might now have to turn back to the Giants for San Francisco’s original offer, a low-level prospect in exchange for Beltran, except the Giants pay the approximate $6 million left on Beltran’s deal.
Here are three reasons why Beltran’s stock has fallen in the past week.
1. He’s only got one year left
Beltran is a valuable bat. It seems like he has at least a few productive years left in his career. He is a player who you want signed long-term when you trade for him. He could help a team for five years
2. You can’t sign him
He is a Scott Boras client. Enough said.
3. No draft picks
If a team can’t re-sign Beltran after trading him, they won’t get any compensation picks. Normally, you get one or more compensation draaft picks when you lose a player in free agency. Theoretically, if a team were allowed to offer Beltran arbitration and get picks, they could make up for the prospects they lost in the trade, while having a player that helped them down the stretch.
Here is an excerpt from today’s Jayson Stark article on Carlos Beltran:
What do you think is going to happen to Carlos Beltran? Will the Mets get a big return for him or will they go with the salary dump option. Leave your predictions in the comments section.
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