Jon Heyman's latest focuses on position player trade candidates, especially the Mets' Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran. For a while, it appeared to be a foregone conclusion that Reyes would be traded, but one NL executive said the Mets would need to be overwhelmed to move their star shortstop. The Giants remain a logical suitor for Reyes, though they'd be unwilling to move Madison Bumgarner or Brandon Belt, and even a deal centered around their top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler could be a tough sell for the Mets. The Cardinals, Reds, and Brewers are among other potential suitors.
The Mets would be willing to eat most or all of Carlos Beltran's $18MM (owed in 2011) depending upon what they get in return. The Red Sox, White Sox, and Tigers are all possible suitors; though Beltran has no-trade powers, he'd likely accept a move to a contender.
- OF Josh Willingham has been linked to the Phillies, and he'd be a very good fit there -- as he represents a right-handed power bat.
- The Astros are listening to offers for Michael Bourn; he could be a fit for the Braves, as they could use some speed in their outfield.
- The Nationals are willing to trade Ivan Rodriguez, though the two logical suitors -- Boston and San Francisco -- haven't seemed very interested.
- If the Twins become sellers, Michael Cuddyer, Jim Thome, and Jason Kubel would become trade chips.
- Hunter Pence, Jeff Keppinger, and Carlos Lee are among trade candidates for the Astros, though a team likely wouldn't be interested in taking on the rest of Lee's massive salary.