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.

Giants hammer Taillon, return favor with 11-3 win over Pirates

Giants hammer Taillon, return favor with 11-3 win over Pirates


SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner allowed one run over five innings for his first win of the season, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-3 on Tuesday night.

Eduardo Nunez drove in two runs in what appeared to be his final game with San Francisco. The veteran infielder has been the subject of trade rumors and was pulled from the game in the fifth inning. Nunez was later seen on television shaking hands with several teammates in the Giants' clubhouse.

Bumgarner also singled and scored, Buster Posey had three hits and an RBI and Joe Panik added a bases-loaded triple as struggling San Francisco won for only the fifth time in 16 games.

Josh Harrison singled twice for the Pirates, who fell behind 9-0 and couldn't recover. Pittsburgh stranded seven runners in the first five innings, including four in scoring position.

Making his third start since coming off the disabled list after nearly three months following a dirt bike accident in Colorado on April 20, Bumgarner (1-4) was mostly sharp while quieting a potent Pittsburgh lineup and ending the Pirates' seven-game winning streak at AT&T Park.

Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox

Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox

Eduardo Nunez's time with the Giants is up as they have traded the third baseman to the Boston Red Sox.

The teams announced the trade shortly after the Giants beat the Pirates 11-3 on Tuesday night.

Fox Sports was the first to report the news.

The Giants will acquire minor league pitchers Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos.

Anderson, Boston's third-round pick out of Florida in 2016, has a 3.42 ERA in 97.1 innings between Low-A Greenville and High-A Salem this season.

Santos, a 17-year-old right-handed pitcher, was signed by Boston out of the Dominican Republic in 2015. Pitching in the Dominican Summer League this season, Santos has allowed just three earned runs in 30 innings pitched.

Nunez was lifted for pinch-hitter in the bottom of the fifth inning Tuesday night and was seen hugging teammates as he left the dugout.

In 75 games with the Giants this season, Nunez hit .308/.334/.417 with 21 doubles, four home runs, 29 RBI and 17 stolen bases.

Nunez was acquired from the Twins last summer for two prospects.