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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Rumor Mill: Carlos Beltran will likely be moved this week, Fire Sale afterwards?

According to Andy Martino of the Daily News,  the Mets' strong preference is to move Carlos Beltran to another team several days before next Sunday's trade deadline, but the garage sale likely will stop there.

According to a source with the direct knowledge of the team's thinking, it is "unlikely" that players other than Beltran will be traded, and there is "no activity on any other player at the moment."

Because of Beltran's continued health and production, the Mets believe that they can wrangle a top prospect from Philadelphia, Atlanta, Boston, San Francisco or another suitor.

Because they remain under team control in 2012, Capuano, Ronny Paulino, Mike Pelfrey and R.A. Dickey, all of whom could intrigue other teams to some extent (although a separate league source said there had been no interest in the slumping Pelfrey as yet), will almost certainly not be dealt.

If the Mets do move another player before next Sunday, indications are that it could be lefty reliever Tim Byrdak, who could be replaced by Triple-A lefty Mike O'Connor. Scott Hairston and Willie Harris are other possibilities - but again, the front office is not inclined to break up these Mets.

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