MLB Trade Rumors: Rangers, Giants In Lead For Carlos Beltran

Most of the talk right now is about Jerry Meals and Tuesday night's Pirates/Braves game, but it's also trade deadline season, and there's plenty going on. Already on Wednesday we've seen an Edwin Jackson trade, and courtesy of Buster Olney, we also get an update on the Carlos Beltran negotiations:

Sources: Mets making progress in their negotiations with Rangers and Giants in Carlos Beltran talks. Atlanta still involved.

Olney's report seems to put the Rangers and the Giants in the lead, with the Braves (and, presumably, others) hanging in the back. Which is actually kind of surprising to the Rangers, since - well I'll let T.R. Sullivan explain.

The Rangers know that Carlos Beltran can be acquired before Sunday. They like the impact bat. But they are expressing surprise that they are the front-runners and still think he will stay in the National League.

Beltran has reportedly already turned down a possible deal to the Indians, so he may indeed be strongly opposed to going to the AL. That said, Texas is in a stronger position than Cleveland, so Beltran could be more amenable to them. The Rangers, clearly, are trying.

As for the Giants, the whole world knows they could use an offensive boost. They have plenty of useful outfielders, but nobody on Beltran's level, so space could and would be made.

The Mets are still looking for a very good return in a Beltran trade, but no longer do they seek an elite one.

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