MLB Trade Rumors: Rangers, Giants In Lead For Carlos Beltran

Most of the talk right now is about Jerry Meals and Tuesday night's Pirates/Braves game, but it's also trade deadline season, and there's plenty going on. Already on Wednesday we've seen an Edwin Jackson trade, and courtesy of Buster Olney, we also get an update on the Carlos Beltran negotiations:

Sources: Mets making progress in their negotiations with Rangers and Giants in Carlos Beltran talks. Atlanta still involved.

Olney's report seems to put the Rangers and the Giants in the lead, with the Braves (and, presumably, others) hanging in the back. Which is actually kind of surprising to the Rangers, since - well I'll let T.R. Sullivan explain.

The Rangers know that Carlos Beltran can be acquired before Sunday. They like the impact bat. But they are expressing surprise that they are the front-runners and still think he will stay in the National League.

Beltran has reportedly already turned down a possible deal to the Indians, so he may indeed be strongly opposed to going to the AL. That said, Texas is in a stronger position than Cleveland, so Beltran could be more amenable to them. The Rangers, clearly, are trying.

As for the Giants, the whole world knows they could use an offensive boost. They have plenty of useful outfielders, but nobody on Beltran's level, so space could and would be made.

The Mets are still looking for a very good return in a Beltran trade, but no longer do they seek an elite one.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.