Carlos Beltran says he’d accept a trade to Boston

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Carlos Beltran hasn’t been shy about answering trade questions as he perhaps enters his final weeks with the Mets.  After indicating last week that he’d be open to a trade to San Francisco, he came out Monday and said Boston is on his list as well.

“They’re in first place,” he said.  “That’s a no-brainer.”

The Red Sox have stuck with the struggling J.D. Drew in right field, even though he’s driven in just 21 runs in 73 games.  They might be open to making a change if the right opportunity comes along.  Still, there’s nothing to suggest they’ve engaged the Mets in talks regardling Beltran.  Not only would the $6 million left on his deal be an obstacle, but such an acquisition could also have luxury-tax ramifications for a Boston team that’s been straddling the line.

Beltran, because he’s spent 10 years in the league and the last five with the same team, has full no-trade protection.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.