Braves have shown interest in Beltran
The Braves are among the teams who have shown an interest in Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran, who would certainly upgrade their lineup and serve as the versatile outfielder they are seeking.
Beltran is owed a little more than $6 million over the remainder of his contract, which expires at the end of this season. Looking to get a significant return, the Mets have reportedly said they will cover all of this remaining salary. This comes courtesy of ESPN New York.
While the Mets might not have a problem lending Beltran to the Braves for a couple months before the outfielder and his agent Scott Boras hit the free agent market, the Braves might not be willing to provide the necessary return for a short term rental, especially when that return could significantly help a division rival’s future.
Still like the Giants, Tigers and Phillies, the Braves are expected to continue evaluating the benefits of acquiring Beltran, a former Gold Glove centerfielder who has played right field this year to lessen the wear placed on his surgically-repaired right knee.
If the Braves acquired Beltran, there is absolutely no guarantee he would only play center field. The Braves are happy with Jordan Schafer’s range in center and believe he is making the right progress as a leadoff hitter.
Instead Beltran could spend much of his time in right field where Jason Heyward has struggled this season. Heyward has hit .224 this year and just .173 against left-handed pitchers. His struggles against left-handers have led some to wonder if he should be utilized in a platoon or quite possibly sent to the Minors to fix his swing.
In other trade-related news involving the Braves, there was at least one Tigers scout in attendance to watch Derek Lowe’s start against the Rockies last night.
– Mark Bowman