Showing posts with label Carlos Beltran. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Carlos Beltran. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Rumor Mill: Carlos Beltran and Cash for Giants Pitching Prospect Zach Wheeler

According to Joel Sherman of the NY Post (Tweets),  So if nothing happens to scuttle in next 24 hours it is Beltran and cash for just Wheeler.

Zach Wheeler is listed as the number 2 prospect in the Giants Minor-League Organization

Here is some footage of Wheeler:

Rumors Mill: Carlos Beltran is close to being traded to the San Francisco Giants , but for who?

Olney tweets that Giants pitching prospect Zack Wheeler is expected to be the centerpiece in the trade.

Brown and Jonathan Sanchez are not in the deal, tweets Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

The Mets will likely receive two other players in addition to Brown, tweets Newsday's Ken Davidoff.  He says the trade could be announced later today or early tomorrow.

Carlos Beltran is going to the Giants, tweets Yahoo's Tim Brown, with logistics being worked out. Just minor details remain, tweets SI's Jon Heyman.

ESPN's Buster Olney tweets that the two teams are at the one-yard line, while Brown reminds us that a 24-hour waiting period applies since Beltran has a full no-trade clause.  The Phillies are just barely hanging on for Beltran, according to multiple reports.

A key development may have been the Giants' willingness to include center field prospect Gary Brown, tweets Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Chipper Jones does not think Carlos Beltran Helps the Braves

With the looming deadline comes speculation that the Braves might deal for a right-handed bat or a reliever.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,  Mets nemesis Chipper Jones said he sees the Braves acquiring bullpen help. But he is just fine with the everyday lineup as is.

"I don't have a problem standing pat," Jones said. "I think we have a really good ballclub.Obviously any team would love an injection of new blood, especially top-notch quality. To be honest, I don't see where we are going to go out and better the ballclub everyday lineup-wise. You say what you want about the Carlos Beltrans and the Hunter Pences and the Ryan Ludwicks, people like that, but everybody in our lineup contributes to our success each and every day."
Is he trying to say he does not want a Met on the team??  LOL

Taking a look at the Texas Rangers Top Prospects that could be in a deal for Beltran

There has been a lot of speculation that the Texas Rangers have increased their efforts to complete a trade for Carlos Beltran.

It has also been said that the Mets can match up better with the Rangers, so I took it upon myself to take a look at the Texas Rangers Top 7 Prospects with John Sickel's ratings.

Here they are:
  1. Jurickson Profar, SS, Grade B+: Borderline A-
  2. Martin Perez, LHP, Grade B+
  3. Robbie Erlin, LHP, Grade B+
  4. Tanner Scheppers, RHP, Grade B
  5. Mike Olt, 3B, Grade B
  6. Engel Beltre, OF, Grade B-
  7. Robbie Ross, LHP, Grade B-
The Rangers have a lot of depth in their organization and plenty of  left handed pitchers. The Rangers also have a top prospect that is a shortstop. Can you say Reyes insurance? 

Rumor Mill: Indians make good offer for Beltran?

According to's Peter Gammons, the Indians offered to pick up all of Beltran's remaining contract and give the Mets a good prospect in return, but Cleveland was not a fit for the Scott Boras client.

Heyman reports (on Twitter) that the deal was never presented to Beltran, so the Mets must know the which teams he'll accept a trade to.

The Phillies won't give up Jonathan Singleton for Beltran, according to Jon Heyman of, who confirms that Cosart and Brown aren't available either (Twitter link). More Phillies prospects will soon be off the table as well, according to Heyman.

Brewers GM Doug Melvin declined to speak about Beltran in particular, but he told Adam McCalvy of that he's always open to making the right deal, generally speaking.

Agent Scott Boras told's Jerry Crasnick that Beltran's decision to accept or block a trade will revolve around his chances of winning a title.

Crasnick's take on the leading suitors for Beltran confirms what we've read for the past 24 hours or so: the Rangers have ramped up their pursuit of Beltran and the Braves and Giants remain interested, while the Red Sox and Phillies appear to have slipped to the back of the pack.

Rumor Mill: More Beltran Trade Rumors on Tuesday

Here is a update to the Beltran Rumor Storyboard:

There's a strong belief the best offer may come from the Rangers, tweets SI's Jon Heyman, But the hangup is he still prefers the NL Teams - ATL, SF, and  Milwaukee - Who Heyman reiterates, there still in it...

The Mets' asking price has come down a bit from two weeks ago, an interested executive told Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter links).  Sherman says the Mets are talking two and three-prospect deals with the Rangers, Red Sox, Giants, Braves, Phillies, and Brewers.

The Mets have been turned down on requests for Mike Minor, Julio Teheran, or Arodys Vizcaino of the Braves, Zack Wheeler or Gary Brown of the Giants, and Domonic Brown or Jarred Cosart of the Phillies, reports ESPN's Jayson Stark.

Stark says the Mets are telling teams the Beltran deal isn't about money, and the team that offers the best players will get him.

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.     

Monday, July 25, 2011

Rumor Mill: Updated Beltran Rumors

The Rangers and Giants appear to be ahead of the Phillies and Braves in pursuit of Beltran, according to's Jerry Crasnick (on Twitter). As Crasnick points out, everything can change quickly.

There isn't much confidence within the industry that the Mets will obtain a top prospect for Beltran, according to Newsday's Ken Davidoff.

Beltran said yesterday that he has had "zero" contact with GM Sandy Alderson regarding possible trades, according to Newsday's David Lennon (on Twitter).

The Phillies have cooled on the idea of trading for Beltran, according to's Jayson Stark.

Beltran told Mike Puma of the New York Post, "I have not told (the Mets) I won't play for an American 
League team. I don't know where that is coming from" (Twitter link).  Beltran said he's fine with the American League as long as he doesn't have to DH.

There's no sign of the Mets dropping their price on Beltran, tweets ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.

Mets and Beltran are waiting for inevitable trade to happen

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, 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.

If Possible, Should Mets Re-Sign Beltran This Offseason?

With all the hype this week surrounding Carlos Beltran and the trade deadline, I felt it necessary to throw in my two cents.

Most likely, before the week is through, Beltran will be playing for another team. I’m normally optimistic about matters concerning the Mets, but I’m definitely realistic when it comes to this impending trade.

Carlos Beltran will no longer be a Met when this week is through.

Besides missing time due to injury and the unfortunate Game 7 strikeout, Beltran had a fine Mets career. He’s enjoying one of his more productive years this season as well.

So while Beltran will likely make another NL team very happy during the stretch run, he still will be a free agent after this season.

I’ve heard that some analysts believe the Mets would be wise to try to re-sign Beltran this offseason to a short-term deal.

I am very curious to hear what the fans think about this. I will present both sides of the argument to give everyone a clearer picture of what we are dealing with.

Beltran, when healthy, is an extremely productive all-around player. He hits for power, a decent average and has shown he can drive in runs in clutch situations. He also has shown surprisingly good range in the outfield, and there’s no doubt in my mind that he can shift back to center if he had to (or another team wanted him to be their everyday centerfielder).

Next year’s free agent outfield class will include Jonny Gomes, Raul Ibanez, Ryan Ludwick, Juan Pierre, Josh Willingham, Rick Ankiel, David DeJesus, Lance Berkman, Michael Cuddyer, J.D. Drew, Jeff Francoeur, Kosuke Fukudome, Xavier Nady, Cody Ross and of course Beltran.

Of this group, Beltran is by far the most complete player and will likely be the most sought after, except for maybe Berkman who’s having a phenomenal offensive season.

Since he will be heavily pursued, there will be a hefty price tag associated with him. He’s also a Scott Boras client meaning his agent will drive up the price. He’ll likely command a two-three year deal in the neighborhood of $10 million per season, if not more.

Do the Mets have the money to make this deal, especially with the possibility of re-signing Jose Reyes on the table? Reyes will easily get a deal of six-seven years, $130+ million, which may cripple the Mets payroll.

Rumor Mill: Monday Carlos Beltran Rumors

Here are some of the Carlos Beltran Rumors for Monday:

Beltran has privately told the Mets that he will not accept a trade to an American League team because he doesn't want to alternate between DH'ing and playing center field, and because he's not familiar with the league, according to Adam Rubin of Beltran has a list of seven NL team to whom he would accept a trade.

Beltran says that he would be okay with a trade to any of the five teams that have been rumored as destinations, tweets Mike Puma of the New York Post.

The Giants and Phillies continue to be the favorites with the Braves still in the mix, tweets Yahoo's Tim Brown.

The Giants, Red Sox, and Pirates could take on the most money in a Beltran deal,  one executive to Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link).

Sunday, July 24, 2011

A look at Giants Prospect (OF) Francisco Peguero

According to a report by Yahoo's Jeff Passan , the Mets seem interested in Outfielder Francisco Peguero. So I decided to look up some scouting reports and video.

So Here it is:

Scouting Report For Francisco Peguero

Born 6/1/1988 -(23 years old) OF, San Francisco Giants

A speedy outfielder in the Giants' system, Dominican Francisco Peguero is a solid defender with developing on-base skills. After he put on a clinic at low-A Augusta in 2009 (.340/.359/.437) he did the same at high-A San Jose last year, slashing .329/.358/.488 while stealing 40 bases.

A line drive hitter whose build doesn't suggest future power (he's shaped more or less like Eugenio Velez, though he hits exclusively from the right side),

Peguero will have to keep reaching base at a high clip in order to contribute. He's got some distance to close, too: despite the nice batting average, his walk rate is too low, and he is getting caught stealing a frightfully high percentage of the time.

Here is some footage of  Peguero hitting a walk-off Grand Slam:

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.

Rumor Mill: Carlos Beltran Sunday Trade Rumors

Here is the Carlos Beltran Sunday Rumor Rundown from

Team officials for two of the clubs in talks with the Mets expect discussions to continue until next weekend, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York (on Twitter).

The Giants, Braves, Phillies, Red Sox, and Rangers have each had a scout on hand to watch Beltran this weekend, tweets Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.

Yahoo's Jeff Passan says (via Twitter) the Rangers are "coming hard" for Beltran, though San Francisco is still the frontrunner. Passan singles out Giants prospect Francisco Peguero as one name that may have been discussed.

The Red Sox see Beltran as a "total longshot," and are more concerned with adding pitching, according to's Buster Olney (via Twitter).

In his Insider-only blog, Olney says the Mets are looking for a top pitching prospect from the Braves - perhaps Mike Minor, Julio Teheran, Arodys Vizcaino, or Randall Delgado. One talent evalutor says he can't see GM Frank Wren parting with any of those four arms for Beltran.

Andy Martino of the New York Daily News looks at Minor and a few other prospects the Mets may be targeting in Beltran discussions.

    Rumor Mill: San Fran's OF Gary Brown is the centerpiece to Mets deal for Beltran?

    Mike Silva of  NY Baseball Digest  says there are reports swirling that Carlos Beltran is headed to San Francisco.

    According  to Silva, the main piece in the deal could be San Jose outfielder Gary Brown.

    Brown is the first round pick of the Giants from 2010. He was the Big West Conference Player of the Year for Cal State Fullerton that year as well.

    2010 Draft Scouting Report:

    Gary Brown - OF
    Cal State Fullerton, Jr.

    Birthdate: 8/27/1988
    Height: 6'0"
    Weight: 185 lbs.
    Bats: Right
    Throws: Right
    Scout's report filed: 3/2/10
    Game(s): San Diego

    Scouting Report

    Saturday, July 23, 2011

    Rumor Mill: Video - Fox's Ken Rosenthal talks about Carlos Beltran trade Rumors to Atlanta

    <a href="" target="_new" title="">MLB on FOX: Tribe talking trade?</a>

    Rumor Mill: Don't Rule Out Rangers Trade For Beltran... Just yet.

    According to Adam Rubin of

    The Mets and Rangers have ramped up scouting each other, and Texas remains very much in play in the pursuit of Carlos Beltran, according to a major league source.

    While the Rangers have a scout watching Beltran in Miami, who is expected to continue on watching the Mets during the next stop in Cincinnati, a source indicated the Mets have ramped up watching Rangers minor leaguers. Mets scout Bryan Lambe is watching Texas low-Class A players at Hickory after being redirected.

    Texas has zeroed in on Beltran and Padres closer Heath Bell as its primary targets, according to a source.

    The Braves continue to actively scout the Mets, with Atlanta special assistant Jim Fregosi tailing the major league club. The Phillies, Giants and Red Sox also are considered in play for Beltran.

    Rumor Mill: Morning Beltran Update

    According to Adam Rubin of ESPN, Plenty of scouts still continue to flock to Mets games. Friday's contingent included Braves special assistant Jim Fregosi.

    Insiders see the three National League teams -- the Braves, Giants and Phillies -- as the primary contenders for Beltran.

    ESPN's Buster Olney lists the Red Sox and Rangers as the other primary suitors.

    As a player with 10 years of service time and five years with the Mets, Beltran must have a full 24 hours before the 4 p.m. trade deadline on July 31 to approve the team to which the Mets intend to send him.

    Friday, July 22, 2011

    Rumor Mill: Some Prospects the Mets might be looking at to get the deal done for Beltran

    The Mets are in the hunt for the perfect solution for Carlos Beltran. Where he ends up? Who Knows,  but to the best of my knowledge of all the data I compiled from all the articles I have posted I have come up with this:
    • The Mets will look to trade Carlos Beltran to a NL Team. Carlos Beltran has stated that he would like to stay in the NL because he has seen most of the pitchers and he does not want to DH.

    So with that, the Mets Front Runners for Beltran are Giants, Phillies, Braves (Based on all articles and rumors reports).

    Brandon Belt
    The Mets are believed to be looking for Top Prospects in exchange for Carlos Beltran's services. The Mets will also pay the remaining 6 to 7 Million left on Carlos' Contract.

    Here are some of the Top Prospects from each of the Giants, Phillies and Braves organizations that the Mets will be looking at to get the deal done:

    San Fransisco Giants Top 5 Prospects with Ratings by John Sickels 

    1) Brandon Belt, 1B, Grade A-
    2) Gary Brown, OF, Grade B
    3) Zack Wheeler, RHP, Grade B
    4) Francisco Peguero, OF, Grade B-
    5) Thomas Neal, OF, Grade B-

    Rumors:’s Jon Heyman believes the Mets are interested in Giants 1B prospect Brandon Belt, RHP Zach Wheeler or OF Gary Brown.

    Philadelphia  Phillies Top 5  Prospects with Ratings by John Sickels

    1) Domonic Brown, OF, Grade A
    2) Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Grade B+
    3) Brody Colvin, RHP, Grade B+
    4) Jarred Cosart, RHP, Grade B, Borderline B+
    5) Trevor May, RHP, Grade B

    Rumors:  Mets have been rumored to have interest in Domonic Brown

    Atlanta Braves Top 5 Prospects with Ratings by John Sickels

    1) Julio Teheran, RHP, Grade A
    2) Freddie Freeman, 1B, Grade A-
    3) Mike Minor, LHP, Grade A-
    4) Randall Delgado, RHP, Grade B+
    5) Arodys Vizcaino, RHP, Grade B

    Rumors: NY Baseball Digest's Mike Silva thinks Mike Minor can be the Mets best Move

    Rumor Mill: Ken Rosenthal's possible Beltran destinations and other trade-able players

    According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox, the Giants, Phillies, Braves are the NL teams showing the strongest interest in Beltran, his sources say. 

    The Red Sox, who would use Beltran in right field, also are in the mix. The Rangers like Beltran, but the bullpen is their greater priority.

    Most of the Beltran talks thus far qualify as preliminary, sources say. The Mets expect to know more about each team’s intent by Monday, and after that they will start weeding out the suitors.

    Once the Mets act on Beltran, they can listen more seriously to offers for some of their other players. The team, however, likely will proceed carefully. Club officials do not want to give up on the season entirely.

    Rosenthal says the Mets likely will show a greater willingness to move potential free agents such as left-hander Chris Capuano, left-handed reliever Tim Byrdak, outfielder Scott Hairston and utility man Willie Harris.
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