Carlos Beltran, who remains the most accomplished hitter on the trading block is waiting - just like the rest of us to be traded .
According to NJ.com, scouts from Atlanta, Philadelphia and Boston all went to Ohio to watch him tonight.
Before the game, Beltran again insisted that he has not heard anything from the front office. He has a full no-trade clause. If something were in the works, he would know.
But that still leaves his manager, Collins, waiting for what happens next. If Beltran is traded — and logic almost assures that general manager Sandy Alderson will do so later this week — Collins is preparing himself to address his team if they should falter. They cannot take this as a sign that the front office does not care about their plight, he explained today. There is no time for head-hanging.
“We’ve got guys that are playing for their jobs,” Collins said before last night’s game against the Reds here at Great American Ball Park. “The minute the give up and quit, they won’t be here next year. So I want the guys to play 162, and to play it hard.”
In the clubhouse, Collins expects third baseman David Wright and closer Jason Isringhausen to fill some of the leadership void created by Beltran’s departure.
On the field, Lucas Duda figures to be one of the candidates to take Beltran’s spot in right field. Though a natural first baseman, Duda played some outfield in the minors and has recently begun taking fly balls in right.