Following the Mets’ trade of Francisco Rodriguez to the Brewers, most everyone believes Carlos Beltran is the next shoe to drop. However, the six-time All-Star won’t be going to the Yankees, sources tell ESPN.com’s Buster Olney.
Olney reports that the Yankees aren’t interested in Beltran, who has hit .285/.377/.503 in 89 games this season.
If the Yankees were to pick up someone like Beltran, it’d mean sitting either Nick Swisher or Jorge Posada against right-handers, and while Beltran may well be an upgrade in that situation, he doesn’t really qualify as a need.
It’s pretty much a given that Beltran is a goner. Since the Mets are prevented from offering him arbitration as a free agent, they don’t even have the incentive of keeping him in the hopes of getting a couple of draft picks in return. Speculation will likely continue to center on the Giants, but Olney thinks the Tigers could land him because of their ability to take on salary.
Braves manager Brian Snitker is hoping recently-signed starter Dallas Keuchel will make his season debut on Friday when the Braves open a 10-game road trip with a three-game set against the Nationals, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. For now, the Braves have not officially named a starter for Friday.
After spending seven months as a free agent, Keuchel finally inked a one-year, $13 million contract with the Braves on June 6. He tossed seven shutout innings with nine strikeouts in his first start with Single-A Rome, then gave up three runs on 11 hits across seven innings for Double-A Mississippi on Saturday.
Last year, his final season with the Astros, Keuchel went 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA and a 153/58 K/BB ratio in 204 2/3 innings. The 31-year-old supposedly worried prospective teams due to his declining strikeout rate.
Keuchel is hoping to continue the Braves’ momentum, as the club has won 9 of its last 10 games and is 12-3 overall in June thus far, building up a 2.5-game lead over the Phillies in the NL East.