Carlos Beltran would waive his no-trade clause for a contender

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Last night Carlos Beltran that he would waive his no-trade clause if it meant playing for a contender.

This isn’t terribly surprising — he knows he’s off to somewhere new after this year and he’s been a rent-a-player before. And given that he’s healthy and productive this year — and that there isn’t much offense to be had on the market — he could be useful and attractive to any number of teams.
All of that said, the Mets are over .500 and playing pretty decently, so it’s not nuts to think that they would want to hold on to them for a potential run of their own.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.