Tuesday, July 19, 2011
by Jim Mancari
With the trade deadline fast approaching, the Mets have some tough decisions facing them. It’s looking more likely that the team will hang onto Jose Reyes and attempt to negotiate a long-term contract this off-season.
However, Carlos Beltran, as some media outlets have said, is “as good as gone.”
Beltran is overcoming flu-like symptoms but should be in the lineup tonight against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The San Francisco Giants have been rumored to have interest in both Beltran and Reyes. Unique closer Brian Wilson has publicly stated that he wants Beltran on the Giants for the stretch run.
The Giants have a few prospects that could intrigue the Mets if a deal were to occur.
Young slugging prospect Brandon Belt’s would be the first option. Belt, a first baseman by trade who could also play some outfield, cracked the Giants roster out of spring training but couldn’t handle Major League pitching early on. The Giants sent him back to the minors, where he’s hit at a .336 clip in 39 games.