Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, explains that the New York Mets are demanding such a high price for Carlos Beltran because A) he is the best hitter available and B) some suitors indicate a willingness to part with good prospects.
He also suggests that a deal can be expanded, and the Mets can include additional players beyond Beltran if it means getting better prospects.
Let’s say a team tells the Mets, “We’re not comfortable trading prospects X and Y and then getting no draft picks when Beltran leaves us as a free agent.”
That apprehension exists among several clubs because Beltran’s contract stipulates that a team cannot offer him arbitration, eliminating the potential for draft-pick compensation.
Well, the Mets can address that concern by attaching young players or even major leaguers to Beltran, effectively sweetening the deal.
I never looked at it that way, but I suppose it could happen.