According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Mets and Red Sox met again tonight to discuss OF Carlos Beltran.
Original Post at 9:24 pm:
Earlier today, there was a lot of talk about the Red Sox having interest in Beltran.
Peter Abraham covers the Red Sox for the Boston Globe and told SNY today that Boston is actively looking for an outfielder who can hit left-handed pitching.
However, ‘though Beltran makes sense,’ he explained, the Sox need a corner outfielder, not a center fielder, and so they’re more likely to first look in to free-agent OF Magglio Ordonez or make a trade with the Nationals for OF Josh Willingham.
The way Abraham sees it, the Red Sox would need to be out of options before making a trade for Beltran – unless, of course, the Mets are open to paying all of his salary or swapping bad-contract for bad-contract, such as trading for Daisuke Matsuzaka, ‘who the Sox are not crazy about.’
In the limited conversations I had today about this rumor, it just sounds to me like one of those things that makes sense in theory, but when you start trying to make it fit, the teams will realize it is more complicated than it seemed and end up backing off … or, at least waiting until the season gets started, players get on field and show their healthy, money starts being paid, and a trade becomes more manageable.
To read how the Beltran-to-Boston rumor got started, read this post.