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Atlanta Braves Reportedly Interested in Carlos Beltran

July 20th, 2011 at 3:01 PM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves are reportedly interested in acquiring Carlos Beltran from the New York Mets, mlb.com reports.

The Mets are willing to foot the rest of Beltran's contract for the year – about $6 million – meaning they would be looking for highly ranked prospects, and the Braves have plenty of those. It is really a matter of which young pitching prospect(s) they are willing to let go. The Mets' willingness to pay Beltran's salary also eases the burden on Atlanta to unload the $15 million Derek Lowe is owed next year as well as the rest of his salary for this year.

Beltran, an All-Star outfielder, has had a resurgent season after playing only 145 games the last two years combined and is hitting .293 with 14 home runs.

Though he has played most of his career in center field, Beltran has primarily played right field this year. After Chipper Jones returns from the disabled list and Martin Prado goes back to left field, the Braves could either start Beltran over Jordan Schafer in center or have him platoon or even start over a struggling Jason Heyward.

Though the switch-hitting Beltran is only hitting .232 against lefites this season, it would still be a significant boost over the .173 clip Heyward has posted so far.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Carlos Beltran, MLB, New York Mets

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