Have the Mets lost their best chance to make a strong deal for Carlos Beltran? Did they hold on to him too long? Depending on whom you read, the favorite to obtain Beltran appears to change from hour to hour.
And, none of the reports is glowing with young talent coming to Queens. A similar thread to most of the reports is a reluctance of any of the contenders to offer top prospects, although they might be will to assume more salary.
It is an impressive list from which the Mets have been asking – and being rebuffed.
The like Atlanta’s Mike Minor, Julio Teheran or Arodys Vizcaino; they are intrigued by the Phillies’ Dom Brown or Jarred Cosart; from the Giants they’ve inquired about Zack Wheeler, Brandon Belt and Gary Brown.
Not all of them, mind you, but they can’t seem to get a nibble on just one of these prospects.
The problem is these teams believe they can contend without Beltran, so why should they give up future chips for a rental?
So those earlier reports about the Mets raking in several prospects look frustratingly premature.
At this point, saving a few bucks hardly does the Mets any good. The Mets clearly have a bat teams covet, but that doesn’t mean they have leverage.