Pirates Out of the Mix For Beltran?

Buster Olney had two interesting updates regarding the Pittsburgh Pirates today.  The first update discussed their reluctance to deal away “major assets”: Rival officials view the Pirates’ approach to the trade deadline as very, very careful. Lots of indications PITT isn’t trading major assets. Olney also provided this update on the Carlos Beltran market: Source:Carlos Beltran trade talks down to five serious...

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Carlos Beltran’s Value Depends on 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...

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Reverse Trade Values: Carlos Beltran, Carlos Pena

The Pittsburgh Pirates are currently sitting at 41-39 on July 1st, a record that no one would have expected at the start of the season.  The record has some questioning whether the Pirates should be buyers at the trade deadline this year.  While I’ve remained cautious about labeling the Pirates as contenders, it’s hard to argue with the facts: -They just finished a month of June where they went 16-11, while winning against...

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