Carlos Beltran Trade Deadline Odds

Fly, fly away.

Carlos Beltran is either definitely going to be traded this week or there's simply no chance he'll be dealt this week. I think most people expect him to be playing for a non-Mets team beginning in August, and Bodog has actually gone ahead and set prop odds on Beltran's likeliest landing spots:

  • San Francisco Giants, 2/1: They're outside the NL East, which would please those fans who would hate to see Beltran playing for the Phillies or the Braves. The Giants also have some nice prospects potentially on offer and a not-so-comfy three-game lead over the Diamondbacks in the AL West.

  • Atlanta Braves, 3/1: The Braves lead the aforementioned Diamondbacks by 3.5 games in the Wild Card race and they just lost Brian McCann to an oblique injury. They have a lot of young, well-regarded pitchers, and perhaps with McCann on the disabled list someone like Ronny Paulino becomes a little more desirable as an add-on.

  • Texas Rangers, 5/1: Beltran has said that he is very happy playing in the National League and has been adamant about his desire to play the outfield. The latter shouldn't really be a problem with the Rangers, but the former means that Beltran might not approve a trade to Texas. The Rangers hold a three-game lead over the Angels in the AL West.

  • Boston Red Sox, 15/2: J.D. Drew has a .622 OPS this season and is on the disabled list with a left shoulder impingement. Josh Reddick has been filling in in right field, and though he is just 24 years old he has an impressive 1.022 OPS in 119 plate appearances. The Sox also have David Ortiz entrenched at designated hitter so there's no chance they'd want Beltran for that role. The Sox have a two-game lead over the Yankees in the AL East, who in turn have a six-and-a-half-game lead over the Angels in the Wild Card race.

  • Philadelphia Phillies, 15/2: Beltran's "friends" say that the Phillies are his top choice, and there are some questions about whether Philly can add any more payroll or if they'd be willing to part with the requisite young talent, but a "yes" to the latter would obviate concerns about the former since the Mets would pick up the rest of Beltran's 2011 salary. There's no question that Beltran would look nauseous in a Phillies' uniform, however. The Phillies hold a six-game lead over the Braves in the NL East.

  • Cincinnati Reds, 15/1: I don't really see this one happening. The Reds are five games behind the Cardinals (with two teams in between) in the NL Central and 9.5 games back in the Wild Card race, and they've done themselves few favors by dropping the last two games to the Mets.

  • Any Other Team, 7/4: Grab bag! He could land anywhere!

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