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Phillies, Sox chasing Beltran; price going up

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08:11 AM ET 07.20 | Not long after we learned the Mets might be willing to take the edge off Carlos Beltran's contract, we're hearing some big-market suitors who might bite. The Phillies and Red Sox are among the most aggressive suitors for [Beltran] -- if not the most aggressive, according to major-league sources. Other clubs remain strongly in the mix for Beltran, who returned to the Mets' lineup on Tuesday night after missing three games with the flu. The interest for Beltran is so high, sources say, that the Mets might trade him several days or more before the July 31 non-waiver deadline -- and include less money in the deal than they initially expected would be necessary.

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July 20, 2011  08:30 AM ET

First (!), although on a yucky topic...

July 20, 2011  08:34 AM ET

Beltran would look very good in Atlanta. But I'm not sure that I'd want the Braves to give up top prospects for a rent a player. The Teixeira move still looks bad three years later

July 20, 2011  08:34 AM ET

The Sox don't need him. Offense isn't the problem most nights and he'll come at too high a price for a rental player.

July 20, 2011  08:40 AM ET

He'd look damn good in red pinstripes.

Kudos to the Sawx for feigning interest to drive up the price. But I can't see the interest being real. Another bat won't stop the fact that when they have to play at The Bank 4 out of 7 to win the series, Papi will be riding the pine and they still won't be able to hit.

July 20, 2011  08:51 AM ET

with drew on his way out of town, its either reddick of a deal like this...either way is a huge improvement in the lineup...

July 20, 2011  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Another bat won't stop the fact that when they have to play at The Bank 4 out of 7 to win the series, Papi will be riding the pine and they still won't be able to hit

Who's to say the Phillies won't get bounced out of the playoffs like they did last year?

July 20, 2011  09:15 AM ET

The Brewers need to nab JJ Hardy from the O's.

Oh, Beltran in Philly would be cool.... But whom exactly does Philly have to trade and why would the Mets let him go within the division?

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July 20, 2011  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Who's to say the Phillies won't get bounced out of the playoffs like they did last year?

True. Their good pitch, no hit team makes them indistinguishable from the Giants and Braves. Except that the Braves are starting to hit.

July 20, 2011  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

The Brewers need to nab JJ Hardy from the O's

The Orioles just signed Hardy to a three year deal. Try to keep up.

July 20, 2011  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Beltran in Philly would be cool.... But whom exactly does Philly have to trade and why would the Mets let him go within the division?

The question should be the reverse. If the Phillies had good prospects to give up, why would they give them to a team with in the division for a Rent a player? The Mets are out of it, so why would Beltran kicking their tail this year be of any concern to them? Try thinking before writing.

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July 20, 2011  09:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

The Orioles just signed Hardy to a three year deal. Try to keep up.

Just got back from vacation. Must have missed the news.

In that case, Hardy's an idiot. He could have been a rent-a-player on a contender and then hit the open market after having a career year. Now he's stuck in the black hole of Baltimore.

July 20, 2011  09:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

The White Sox need to acquire JJ Hardy ASAP!

Thank you alacran 2.0

July 20, 2011  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

The question should be the reverse. If the Phillies had good prospects to give up, why would they give them to a team with in the division for a Rent a player? The Mets are out of it, so why would Beltran kicking their tail this year be of any concern to them? Try thinking before writing.

Why such hostility?

Think before writing. You basically just said the exact same thing I said, just backwards.

July 20, 2011  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Just got back from vacation. Must have missed the news.In that case, Hardy's an idiot. He could have been a rent-a-player on a contender and then hit the open market after having a career year. Now he's stuck in the black hole of Baltimore.

3 years $22M for a guy having a good year in a contract year coming off two sub par years.

July 20, 2011  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#20):

Why such hostility?Think before writing. You basically just said the exact same thing I said, just backwards.

You mean I said the same exact thing as you, except exactly the opposite of what you've said. Go get some coffee, then we'll talk.

July 20, 2011  09:46 AM ET

The Sox need pitching, not hitting!

July 20, 2011  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#21):

3 years $22M for a guy having a good year in a contract year coming off two sub par years.

His two sub par years were mainly results of injuries, sadly. I think people forget he was an All-Star with Milwaukee. The Brewers honestly should have never let him go in my opinion. They shipped him away because they thought Alcides Escobar was going to be amazing, then in fact he turned out to be JJ Hardy except he couldnt hit the ball for squat. So they then traded him away as part of the Greinke deal and got stuck with one of the worst SS's in the league with Betancourt.

 
July 20, 2011  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#22):

You mean I said the same exact thing as you, except exactly the opposite of what you've said. Go get some coffee, then we'll talk.

Again, why such hostility dude?

You said the exact same thing I said, except from the perspective of Philly instead of the Mets.

Chill out dude, someone with a different viewpoint as you isnt the end of the world. Maybe lay off the coffee a little bit and stop being so jittery.

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