July 14, 2011
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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.