Braves remain interested in Beltran
There’s no doubt the Braves have continued to show interest in acquiring Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran. But as was mentioned earlier this week, it might prove difficult for them to make this deal with a division rival that is looking for top pitching prospects.
The Braves have an abundance of pitching, but it does not seem like they have any interest in parting ways with their most highly-touted pitching prospects Julio Teheran, Randall Delgado or Arodys Vizcaino. When this was brought up to a National League scout he responded with, “they remember what happened with the (Mark) Teixeira deal.”
To get Beltran, the Braves wouldn’t have to give up nearly as much as they did for Teixeira, who was appealing enough that the Rangers received Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, Matt Harrison, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and a Minor League pitcher in return.
The Braves felt they would have Teixeira for at least 1 1/2 seasons and have the opportunity to make two postseason runs with him. With Beltran being a free agent at the end of this season, he would simply be a short-term rental who would significantly improve the club’s chance to win a World Series.
While the Braves might not be willing to part ways with Teheran, Delgado or Vizcaino, they may still have enough pitching in their system to put together an attractive package that could be highlighted by Mike Minor, the seventh overall selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.
If the Braves acquire the switch-hitting Beltran, he would likely spend most of his time in right field and diminish the playing time of Jason Heyward. The Braves are also looking at other right-handed hitting outfielders who could possibly platoon with Heyward in right field.
- Mark Bowman