Carlos Beltran is unaware of trade rumors because he’s not “into the computer searching”

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Prior the Red Sox signing Carl Crawford last week Peter Gammons reported that they “continue to talk to the Mets” about a potential trade for Carlos Beltran (which is obviously no longer an option).

For his part Beltran told MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo that he was unaware of the rumors until a family member in Puerto Rico informed him, because he’s not “into the computer searching.”

Beltran, who technically is a 34-year-old outfielder even if he sounds like an 84-year-old grandparent, added that he doesn’t expect a trade to take place because no one from the Mets has broached the subject with him since Sandy Alderson took over as general manager.

He’s owed $18.5 million in the final season of a seven-year, $119 million contract and the Mets would no doubt have to eat a significant portion of that remaining salary to move him.

As for Beltran’s surgically repaired knee, DiComo writes that he’s yet to begin running at full speed yet, but “has been able to focus on the lower-body exercises he was forced to ignore last winter.”

Tyson Ross opts out of 2020 season

Tyson Ross opts out
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On Monday, Nationals pitcher Joe Ross became one of four players to opt out of the 2020 season due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, Joe’s brother Tyson Ross opted out of the 2020 season as well, per Jon Heyman.

Ross, 33, is currently a free agent. He racked up 35 1/3 disappointing innings for the Tigers last year, posting a 6.11 ERA with 25 strikeouts and 18 walks.

Mike Leake, Ryan Zimmerman, and Ian Desmond are the three other players to have opted out of the 2020 season thus far. None of these players are considered “high risk,” so they are forgoing their salaries and service time.