Jose Reyes is back in the lineup tonight against St. Louis, with Ruben Tejada being optioned to Buffalo. No surprise in the names, but with how Reyes has responded to injuries, I thought they might have dragged this out another day or two as a precaution.
Carlos Beltran is also back in to give another audition to prospective suitors before the July 31 deadline. Atlanta is one of the teams reportedly interested, but unless there’s another team involved would the Mets trade directly with the Braves on this big a deal?
That would also include the Phillies, whom I would be shocked to see get Beltran from the Mets. Other teams with reported interest, who have the resources to deal, are Boston, Detroit, Texas and San Francisco, and that’s the group where I see him going.
Reportedly, Pittsburgh and Cleveland have a desire for a bat, but I don’t think they have the prospects to swing such a trade.
Beltran, who has been out with the flu, returns tonight against St. Louis.
Here’s tonight’s order:
Jose Reyes, SS
Justin Turner, 2B
Carlos Beltran, RF
Daniel Murphy, 3B
Angel Pagan, CF
Jason Bay, LF
Lucas Duda, 1B
Ronny Paulino, C
Dillon Gee, RP