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.
Jon Heyman has been hot on the free agent trail today, reporting that the Padres have made offers both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. The offer to Machado is believed to be for eight years and about $250 million, while the offer to Harper is believed to be for more than that.
Heyman was reporting on Harper earlier, tweeting that the Phillies are the favorite to sign him. He added this evening that Harper has multiple long-term offers at more than $30 million annually. Regarding Machado, Heyman noted that while Machado was believed to have had a preference for the East coast, he will go for the best deal now, which puts the Padres firmly in the picture.
The Padres reportedly met with Machado last week. A late entrant into the sweepstakes, the club has shown the willingness to spend, signing Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract last year. If he goes to San Diego, Machado would be the full-time third baseman with Luis Urias handling shortstop.
Nothing appears close, but we’ll take anything resembling a spark to light the hot stove.