Carlos Beltran doesn’t want to be a DH

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Trading Carlos Beltran depends a lot on Carlos Beltran, given his full no-trade clause.  And, as David Lennon of Newsday reports, Beltran may be prepared to use it if the Mets plan on trading him to certain types of teams.  Here’s Lennon:

… the most coveted outfielder on the trade market has told friends that he prefers to stay in the National League , according to people familiar with his situation. Beltran also told Newsday this week that two other critical factors will influence his decision — the quality of a team’s pitching staff and his aversion to being the DH.

He hasn’t ruled out a trade to the AL publicly, but doing so would make little sense for him because he’d just be painted as a pain in the butt if he did.  The only time where Beltran’s preferences truly matter are when the Mets approach him and he is forced to give the deal a yes or no vote. And, if Lennon’s sources are right, he may be far less willing to move to the junior circuit.

 

Report: Rays acquire Lucas Duda from the Mets

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that the Rays have acquired first baseman Lucas Duda from the Mets. The Mets will receive pitching prospect Drew Smith in return, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

Duda, 31, is batting .246/.347/.532 with 17 home runs and 37 RBI in 291 plate appearances for the Mets this season. He’ll provide a potent bat in the Rays’ lineup as they attempt to overcome their current 2.5-game deficit in the AL East.

Smith, 23, is the Rays’ No. 30 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. He ascended from High-A to Triple-A already this season, posting an aggregate 1.60 ERA with a 40/9 K/BB ratio over 45 innings across four stops with High-A Lakeland (Tigers), High-A Charlotte (Rays), Double-A Montgomery, and Triple-A Durham.

Video: Blue Jays walk off against the Athletics again, this time with a grand slam

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The Blue Jays completed a four-game series sweep against the Athletics on Thursday afternoon and won their second consecutive game in walk-off fashion. Last night, the Jays went into the bottom of the ninth inning trailing 2-0, but a two-run home run by Justin Smoak followed by a solo home run from Kendrys Morales led to a 3-2 walk-off victory.

Thursday’s game was already interesting enough as starter Marcus Stroman, catcher Russell Martin, and manager John Gibbons were all ejected by home plate umpire Will Little. Despite the adversity, the Jays battled the A’s, tying the game at four apiece when Morales blasted a solo home run — his second of the game — in the bottom of the ninth inning. In the 10th inning, A’s reliever Liam Hendriks walked the bases loaded with two outs to bring up Steve Pearce. Pearce worked the count full before pulling a fastball down the left field line for a walk-off grand slam, giving the Jays an 8-4 victory to complete the sweep.

Before Pearce, the last Jays hitter to hit a walk-off grand slam was Gregg Zaun on September 6, 2008 against the Rays, per SportsNet Stats.