The MLB trade deadline is rapidly approaching, and it'snot quite clear whether or not the Boston Red Sox will be big players in the market. Some rumors have the Red Sox interested in adding starting pitchers and/or an outfielder.
And then, there are the rumors surrounding Carlos Beltran.
Beltran would reportedly waive his full no-trade clause if he was traded by the New York Mets to the Red Sox. Beltran, who has $8.1 million left on his one-year contract, is batting .287 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 90 games.
Beltran indicated that the Red Sox would be a team he would be open to joining. "That's an easy one," he said. The Sox also had interest in Beltran last winter before they acquired Carl Crawford. (via Boston Globe)
Beltran would almost certainly help the Red Sox immediately considering that they are getting little production out of right field (namely J.D. Drew and Darnell McDonald). However, according to Peter Abraham, it may be a stretch.
Landing Beltran would seem like a long shot. The Mets are sure to want a good prospect or two in return and the money could be prohibitive.