Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran said Tuesday that his agent, Scott Boras, never asked him if he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause to join the Indians. MLB.com’s Peter Gammons wrote a column earlier Tuesday divulging details of the potential deal.
“No one has come to me,” Beltran said after Tuesday’s victory over the Reds. “When they come to me, we can talk about it.”
The Giants, Rangers, Braves, Phillies, Red Sox and Brewers reportedly remain the leading candidates to land Beltran prior to Sunday’s deadline. He has already said publicly that he would waive his no-trade clause to join any of the first five teams on that list.
The Mets have decided not to trade right-handed reliever Jason Isringhausen, SI’s Jon Heyman tweeted Thursday morning. That information is contradictory to the ongoing assumption that the team would attempt to deal Isringhausen, as well as Carlos Beltran and Tim Byrdak, prior to this month’s non-waiver deadline.
Heyman tweeted that the Mets want Isringhausen to stick around as a mentor for 26-year-old Bobby Parnell, whom the team considers its closer of the future. If true, the news would certainly be welcome to Isringhausen, who wants to record his 300th save with the Mets in New York. Recently named the head of a closer-by-committee situation, Isringhausen earned his first career save with the Mets in 1999, and now sits six shy of 300.
The Phillies had a scout attend Tuesday’s Mets-Cardinals game to watch outfielders Carlos Beltran and Scott Hairston and left-handed reliever Tim Byrdak, according to ESPN New York. Scouts have been unable to watch Beltran in recent days due to the illness that has kept him out of New York’s lineup.
Beltran leads a long list of Mets players that the team could consider trading in the next two weeks. He, Byrdak, Isringhausen, Hairston and Willie Harris could all receive looks from teams seeking pitching and bench help. The Mets, however, remain adamant in their reluctance to deal shortstop Jose Reyes.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson called a New York Post report that he has warmed to the idea of re-signing Jose Reyes “one man’s opinion,” and offered no further comment. Citing two unnamed sources, the Post reported Monday that Alderson has seen enough of Reyes to feel comfortable offering a long-term contract extension.
That, of course, will remain no more than speculation for at least three more months. The Reyes camp recently announced that it will not enter into any negotiations until after the season.