Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Rumor Mill: Texas Rangers making a big push for Carlos Beltran?


Most Beat Reporters are in agreement that the Rangers are making a big push for Senor Beltran and that the Phillies have cooled, but the standing of the Braves, Red Sox, and Giants is unclear.

Some of the Beltran Rumors as of  Tuesday: 

A high-ranking source tells ESPN's Buster Olney there is no clear frontrunner for Beltran as of right now (Twitter link).  Meanwhile, a source close to the talks tells Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports he expects things to intensify within the next 48 hours (Twitter link).

The Giants "look like a possible favorite" for Beltran at the moment, reports SI's Jon Heyman.  The Braves are very interested as well, while the Phillies "don't seem all that involved."

The Reds are not currently involved in trade talks for Beltran, tweets ESPN's Buster Olney.

An executive from a team that has expressed interest in Beltran told Joel Sherman of the New York Post, "They are not getting a top-40-ranked prospect for Beltran even if they eat all the money [left on his contract]."  

Sherman's article goes on to explain why the Mets will probably have to settle for less-than-elite prospects.

He reiterates that the Rangers are aggressively pursuing Beltran and the Braves and Red Sox are the other two most interested clubs.     
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