Alderson: wins and losses will dictate what we do with Beltran

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While there are a lot of reasons why it makes sense for the Mets to trade Carlos Beltran, Sandy Alderson said yesterday that his trade is not a fait accompli.  Rather, how the team plays in the next couple of weeks leading to the trading deadline will be the determining factor.

Hmm. I wonder if this isn’t just being said because some fans who may not be realistic about the Mets’ current competitive position need to hear it.  The Mets are seven and a half out of the wild card right now and with their closer gone and Jose Reyes on the shelf — and with a tough stretch of schedule ahead — that number could be expected to grow.  In Beltran they have the best bat currently known to be on the market. They could save a couple of million bucks and get a useful part or three if they move him.

Alderson may very well be waiting to see how the Mets play before making a decision. But I kind of doubt it.

John Axford has a small break in his fibula

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Dodgers reliever John Axford was deemed “unavailable” before last night’s game against the Giants. After the game it was revealed that he will miss up to three weeks due to a break in the tip of his fibula he suffered when he was hit by a comebacker on Sunday. It’s being characterized as a “crack.”

As if the Dodgers need more injuries and/or maladies, especially to their beleaguered bullpen.

Axford was acquired by L.A. at the trade deadline and, with Kenley Jansen out indefinitely, it was thought that he could get some opportunities to close. Now that’s out the window at least into September, it seems.