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Carlos Beltran’s Value Depends on Payroll

Carlos Beltran’s Value Depends on Payroll

Beltran's value depends on whether the Mets want better prospects or lower payroll.

A few stories have come out about Carlos Beltran, and his trade value with the New York Mets, detailed by MLB Trade Rumors here.  Buster Olney reports that if the Mets pay down his salary, every interested team would be in play.  Joel Sherman of the New York Post had this to say:
Beltran clearly is a better alternative since he can hit in the middle of any team’s lineup. But when outside executives were asked if they saw any teams willing to take on most to all of what is left on Beltran’s contract, the only two named consistently were the Giants and Tigers. But, again, the Mets could not then expect a significant prospect return.

Conversely, if they were willing to eat a large amount of dollars, then suddenly even payroll-challenged teams such as the Indians, Diamondbacks and Pirates would be in play. The big-payroll Red Sox, who desperately want a right-handed-hitting right fielder, are ins...

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