Carlos Beltran isn't the only good player on the trade market, but he's one of the best, and he's also just about guaranteed to move, as the New York Mets have no reason to hang on to him. It's not surprising, then, that Beltran trade rumors have been swirling fast and furious as contenders from around the league check in and make their push.
For a long time, there appeared to be one hang-up: while the Mets were willing to move Beltran, they were aiming very high in terms of the return. That presented an obstacle, as teams were reluctant to offer an elite prospect for a rental. But according to Joel Sherman, Beltran's price is dropping:
Exec interested in Beltran said #Mets price today is different than 2 weeks ago, not shooting for sky as much. Exec said: "They're not ready to settle, but are ready to think more ultimately about what return they actually will get."
As the Mets' demands get more reasonable, the action around Beltran should intensify. The Mets were previously staging a staring contest with other front offices, but it appears the Mets blinked first, and now Beltran's a candidate to go at any moment.
Where would he go? Buster Olney reports that there's no frontrunner, but it's a dynamic situation, and the Rangers, Red Sox, Giants, Braves, and Phillies have shown the most interest. It's unclear how willing Beltran would be to waive his no-trade clause to go to the American League, but players can usually be persuaded.