Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Beltran off the board


Beltran off the board

Carlos Beltran will likely be playing at Citizens Bank Park this week - just not for the Phillies. (Paul Sancya/AP)
Carlos Beltran will likely be playing at Citizens Bank Park this week - just not for the Phillies. (Paul Sancya/AP)


The New York Post is now reporting that the Mets will be getting stud pitching prospect Zack Wheeler in the deal. Wheeler was ranked as the No. 35 prospect in the game by Baseball America in that publication's midseason rankings.

Phillies top pitching prospect Jarred Cosart, who likely would have had to have been part of any Beltran deal, was ranked 43.


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Any hope of Carlos Beltran batting behind Ryan Howard for the rest of the season has apparently vanished. Multiple national reports say the Mets and Giants are close to a deal that would send the switch-hitting slugger to San Francisco in exchage for minor league outfielder Gary Brown, who entered the season as the organization's third-ranked prospect according to Baseball America.

Brown is hitting .317 with an .853 OPS, eight home runs and 39 stolen bases for High-A San Jose this season. He is 22 years old.

The Phillies are hesitant to part with top prospects for rental players. Beltran will be a free agent at the end of the season. The Phillies' top two prospects are righthander Jarred Cosart and first baseman Jonathon Singleton, both of whom are at High-A Clearwater.

The Phillies have apparently focused most of their recent efforts on Astros outfielder Hunter Pence, although a deal still appears to be a long shot. ESPN.com's Jayson Stark reported that the two sides were close to a deal earlier this week that likely revolved around Cosart and Singleton, but that the Astros backed away.

The Phillies do not seem likely to move outfielder Domonic Brown, although they would likely end up having to demote him to Triple-A in the result of a player such as Pence.

Last night, Fox's Ken Rosenthal reported that the White Sox were looking to cut salary and floated outfielder Carlos Quentin as a potential trade target, but such a deal seems far fetched for the Phillies, given the level of talent it would take to convence Chicago to part with an MVP-candidate outfielder making $5 million who is under control through next season.

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