July 21 roundup: Mets players subject of many rumors
Carlos Beltran made news this week by sparkling in his return to the Mets lineup, but his name continues to arise in conversations as the outfielder remains one of the most talked-about players in baseball as the Trade Deadline approaches.
Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reported Thursday that the Giants, considered one of the front-runners to land Beltran, are having second thoughts because the Mets are holding out for a high-end prospect.
But it appears there are plenty of other suitors out there.
Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports says Sandy Alderson has given a list of potential destinations to Beltran for his approval. The teams listed are thought to include the Phillies, Red Sox, Braves, Giants, Brewers and possibly the Yankees.
ESPNNewYork.com also reported that Beltran could very easily end up with another club in the division.
In other Mets news, SI.com’s John Heyman tweeted Thursday morning that the Mets have decided not to trade right-handed reliever Jason Isringhausen.
An American League contender also reportedly called the Mets about knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, but was told he’s not going anywhere, MLB Network’s Peter Gammons reported.
* It’s only been a short while since Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge was designated for assignment, but there may be a club out there who’s interested in the veteran: the Marlins. Inge is having a down year, but has proven to be an All-Star caliber player — and one of the top defensive third baseman in the league — and is relatively expendable now for the Tigers.
* Closer Heath Bell has been getting all sorts of attention, but fellow Padres reliever Mike Adams has received his fair share, as well. But Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan reported Thursday that Padres owner Jeff Moorad told Adams, “you’re not going anywhere.”
* With injuries to Shin-Soo Choo and Grady Sizemore, the Indians are looking for help in the outfield. The club has been mentioned in a variety of trade rumors for players such as Josh Willingham, Ryan Ludwick and Coco Crisp.
* At 48-50 in the contentious NL Central, the Reds are “definitely” buying.
— Joey Nowak