“It appears that the pursuit for Carlos Beltran is narrowing, and the Phillies aren’t currently seen as competitive bidders,” says Jim McCormick of the Philadelphia Daily News.
Last week at this time, Jon Heyman of SI.com was listing the Phillies as the favorites to acquire Beltran.
However, according to McCormick, “The price to be paid might be too rich for what the Phillies and GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. are willing to spend.”
Opinion added by Matthew Cerrone:
In other words, they just can’t bring themselves to part with OF prospect Dominic Brown, which is not surprising. It makes sense. The Phillies have a lot of double-digit contracts, and being able to replace one of those, such as Raul Ibanez, with a guy making the league minimum is a necessary move for the future. From what I can gather, the Mets and Phillies had brief talks about Beltran, most likely involving Philadelphia’s pitching prospects not Brown. The Phillies then quickly turned their attention to the less-expensive section of the outfield market, such as Reed Johnson, Melky Cabrera and Ty Wigginton.
Nevertheless, the Phillies will still have a scout watching the Mets tonight in Cincinnati, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.