The Rangers are interested in Carlos Beltran, K-Rod

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It’s only about a month or so until the trade deadline — at least the one that doesn’t require waivers — so I suppose we should crank up the Rumor-a-tron 3000. Here’s Heyman:

rangers interested in beltran as well as k-rod … Could be big trade partner for mets

I have this feeling a big bidding war is going to erupt for Beltran. So many teams are having trouble scoring runs. So few teams are shopping useful bats.  The Mets could clean up here — compared to other deadline deals for big money bats who are poised to hit free agency anyway — if they play their cards right.

As for Francisco Rodriguez: I suppose he’d be certain not to reach his games finished incentive if he goes to the Rangers, what with Neftali Feliz closing, so crazier things have happened.  Still, he’s expensive for a setup man, so I’d be more surprised to see him moved, at least absent the Mets kicking in serious dough.

Report: Mets showing interest in Bartolo Colon

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Last month, free agent right-hander Bartolo Colon told reporters that he’d be open to taking a minor league deal in 2018, but only if he was guaranteed a return to the Mets’ system. The 44-year-old starter is nearing the end of a 20-year career, and it makes sense that he’d want to have one last hurrah in the city where he had some of his most productive years.

Now, Twins starter Ervin Santana tells Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press, it looks like the Mets might also be open to a reunion. It’s doubtful that Colon has all that much left in the tank, especially following a combined 7-14 record and 6.48 ERA for the Braves and Twins last year, but he’s not necessarily looking to reproduce the 15+ win, sub-4.00 ERA totals of years past.

Instead, Santana says, Colon is seeking the opportunity to win just six more games. He’ll enter the 2018 season five wins shy of the all-time record for a Latin American-born player, and is hoping to claim that title for himself before he enters retirement in 2019. Former Orioles and Expos hurler Dennis Martinez currently holds the record after clinching his 245th win back in 1998. While it took Colon a full season of starts to come up with even seven wins in 2017, he’s only one year removed from a 15-win campaign in 2016. Provided that the Mets are willing to gamble on him again, the milestone may not be that far out of reach.