Rosenthal: Mets Could Include Other Players In Beltran Deal To Sweeten Pot

An article by posted on July 25, 2011

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.

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