Carlos Beltran's name has been linked to many contenders as the July 31 trade deadline, including the Boston Red Sox. But would Beltran really benefit the Red Sox as they chase their third World Series title since 2004?
The simple answer is, yes. Beltran, selected as an All-Star this season, is batting .293 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 91 games for the New York Mets this season. In 15 seasons, Beltran is a career .282 hitter with 294 home runs and 1,121 RBI.
Beltran has a history of being injury-prone, but when compared to the Red Sox' current option in right field, it may be worth the risk. J.D. Drew, the Sox' starting right fielder, has provided little production at the plate this season, batting .223 with only four home runs and 22 RBI in 77 games this season with Boston.
While Beltran is not a right fielder by nature (he plays center with the Mets), he would likely be able to slide over to right and help the Red Sox down the stretch. However, the Mets are in search of some prospects if they pull the trigger on a deal, and Boston would likely have to trade the young Josh Reddick and a few other young talents to land Beltran.
But when you have a shot at winning the World Series, it might be worth it.
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