The Mets have two of the big fish in this year's trade pond, and we have the latest on their situations here at MLBDD. It's looking more and more likely that Reyes will stick around and Beltran won't, as the reports have trickled in over the past couple days.
Tim Brown and Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports label the Brewers as a possible dark horse for Beltran, noting that infielder Mat Gamel could be intriguing to the Mets. I'm not really sure there's a fit there though; Beltran would not only need to slide back to center field in order to find a spot there, which doesn't seem ideal at this point, but the Brewers are seriously lacking in top-level talent. It's just hard to believe that nobody could trump whatever the Brewers are offering, although I suppose that they could offer to eat more money than anyone else.
Today, Newsday's David Lennon wrote about the improving relationship between the Mets and shortstop Jose Reyes, who was considered a possible trade candidate just a few weeks ago. But Lennon has sources who discuss how the organization treated their star shortstop much differently during his most recent injury stint than they would've in the past, which likely plays into this newer, better relationship that's being fostered.
- According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, some Mets officials believe that a Beltran trade could be completed well before the July 31 trade deadline. He notes that the Red Sox and Phillies have been the most aggressive suitors, but also that the Tigers have been surprisingly disinterested in pursuing the slugger. It's becoming pretty clear that the Tigers are focusing on starting pitching this summer.