Mets GM Alderson in no hurry to deal Beltran


Mets GM Alderson in no hurry to deal Beltran

July 14, 2011


Mets slugger Carlos Beltran is not going anywhere soon, according to New York GM Sandy Alderson.

In a conference call this week Alderson said that he wants to see if the Mets can compete for a postseason berth in the season's second half before deciding if he will trade Beltran before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.

New York (46-45) is third in the NL East and 7 12 games behind wild card-leader Atlanta.

Beltran, 34, rode with the Giants on the team plane to the All-Star Game after the Mets concluded the first half in San Francisco. Giants closer Brian Wilson publicly solicited Beltran to come to San Francisco during the midseason showcase.

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"I guess we're in talks with them about Beltran," Wilson said at the All-Star Game. "Just another perennial hitter. Could only help out a squad. I think we've got a pretty good team already. We are in first place."

"We have had discussions with other clubs about a variety of players, Alderson said. Carlos situation is well-known ... and its not surprising given his situation and performance this year that a lot of interest has been expressed. We have not pursued that interest in great length to this point.

I do want to make it clear that the (Francisco) Rodriguez trade should not signal anything to anyone about Beltran. The far more important situation is how we play in the next two to three weeks.

Beltran is hitting .285 with 13 homers and 58 RBIs. He has a no-trade clause in his deal, which expires this season.

He still has about 9 million of his 17 million salary for 2011 outstanding.

In addition to the Giants, the Tigers are reportedly interested in Beltran. As many as seven teams could be seeking his services.

New York traded closer Francisco Rodriguez on Tuesday, igniting speculation that both Beltran and shortstop Jose Reyes were next on the block.

Cal falls to No. 11 Oregon; Ducks lose Brooks


Cal falls to No. 11 Oregon; Ducks lose Brooks

EUGENE, Ore. — Jordan Bell scored a career-high 26 points, Casey Benson had 15 on five 3-pointers and No. 11 Oregon rolled to an 86-63 victory over California on Thursday night.

The Ducks (17-2, 6-0 Pac-12) matched a 104-year-old school record with their 15th consecutive win, but they lost preseason All-America Dillon Brooks to a lower leg injury late in the first half.

Brooks, who had offseason surgery on his left foot, limped off the court as Oregon was building a 44-30 halftime lead. Oregon officials tweeted that Brooks had injured his lower left leg after he did not appear with his teammates for the second half.

Bell took up the scoring slack by shooting 11 of 12 from the field to go with six rebounds and four blocked shots.

Jabari Bird had 21 points to lead the Golden Bears (13-6, 4-3), who had won three straight and eight of their last 10 meetings with the Ducks.

Source: Bears deny 49ers attempt to bring back Fangio

Source: Bears deny 49ers attempt to bring back Fangio

The 49ers inquired about the possibility of re-hiring defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to presumptive coach Kyle Shanahan's staff, but the Chicago Bears denied permssion, a source told

Fangio recently completed his second season as the Bears' defensive coordinator after spending four seasons in the same position on Jim Harbaugh's staff with the 49ers.

The Bears made it known to the 49ers that Fangio would not be allowed out of his contract. It never got to the point where the 49ers made a formal request to speak with Fangio, a source said.

Fangio's defenses were the strength of three 49ers teams that advanced to the NFC Championship game, including one Super Bowl appearance. He interviewed for the 49ers' head-coaching job after the 49ers parted ways with Harbaugh. After being passed over for defensive line coach Jim Tomsula, Fangio ended up on John Fox's staff with the Bears.

The Sacramento Bee was first to report the 49ers were blocked in their attempt to lure Fangio back to the organization.