• Russo: Beltran/Cano Deal In The Works?

    Posted by on October 8th, 2008 · Comments (26)

    Frank Russo, on New York Baseball Digest Radio’s Yankee Special, mentioned that his connections have shared that the Mets are accepting inquiries for Carlos Beltran. And, further, according to Russo, his sources have also shared that there’s a rumor of a possible deal between the Mets and Yankees which would breakdown as follows:

    Carlos Beltran from the Mets to the Yankees in exchange for Robinson Cano (with the Yankees taking on most of Cano’s contract), either Jose Veras or Brian Bruney, Ian Kennedy, and another prospect from the Yankees system.

    Hey, it’s just an internet rumor – so, take it for what’s it worth. Nonetheless, if you’re a Yankees fan, would you like that deal? It’s an interesting one to noodle – even just for fun.

    Comments on Russo: Beltran/Cano Deal In The Works?

    1. antone
      October 8th, 2008 | 11:11 pm

      Minaya can’t be THAT dumb can he???

    2. October 8th, 2008 | 11:17 pm

      According to Russo, this deal would free up money for the Mets to go after K-Rod.

    3. AndrewYF
      October 8th, 2008 | 11:20 pm

      If Cashman goes through with this deal, well, let’s just say you have my full support in his beheading.

      Of course, it’s a terrible rumor. Yankees taking on Cano’s salary, along with accepting Beltran’s and ALSO sending along another player? Sorry, it doesn’t pass the laugh test.

    4. AndrewYF
      October 8th, 2008 | 11:21 pm

      Wait, Bruney, Kennedy, AND another prospect?

      C’mon, Steve.

    5. srivinodh
      October 8th, 2008 | 11:26 pm

      i have heard abt selling low, this will be like nelow basement… they lost me when the Yanks had to pick up Cano’s salary, then u take a average-solid ‘pen arm, a prospect who could net a bullpen or bench player + another prospect… i would gladly join the bash-Cash grp.. this is an insult even for a trade rumor..

      Steve, for fun, could you track most of these fun rumors now through April [in HotStove link] and their source and we will find out who really is credible in this hot-stove deal

    6. October 8th, 2008 | 11:32 pm

      ~~C’mon, Steve.~~

      Hey, it’s not my rumor…I’m just sharing what Russo said.

    7. AndrewYF
      October 8th, 2008 | 11:33 pm

      Alright, but what do you think?

    8. October 8th, 2008 | 11:53 pm

      I’m not a huge fan of Beltran – I think he’s soft.

      But, if the package is Cano (and money), either Jose Veras or Brian Bruney, Ian Kennedy, and another prospect…

      …assuming that the prospect is someone like Alan Horne…

      I really don’t see what the Yankees are giving up.

      Veras or Bruney are generic middle-men and carry some question marks. Kennedy is almost a non-prospect at this point. So, it’s basically Cano and money for Beltran…

      …and if you think that Cano is a player who doesn’t walk and hit for power, and will start to slide as the league adjusts to him…then it’s not like you’re giving up the house for Beltran…if you, for some reason, want Beltran.

    9. asdf
      October 8th, 2008 | 11:59 pm

      uhhh, this is a trade the yankees would HAVE to make. they could then flip ajackson to someone else as part of a deal for a pitcher. then sign mark ellis or ohudson

    10. October 9th, 2008 | 12:09 am

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    11. RollingWave
      October 9th, 2008 | 6:34 am

      seems icky on both sides. from the Mets perspective, so what if it opens money? they cough most of it back because now Castillo is offically useless

      (Beltran = 18M Cano+Castillo = 12 M)

      From the Yankee perspective, they’re already going to be pushing some limits on their money if they go for Teix+CC and more.

      I do agree that Veras and Bruney wouldn’t hold me back on any deal though and in fact would be good sell high candidates (as is Xavier Nady). and IPK is still worth considerablly more than say… Jeff Karstans.

      Cano has a span of 400+ games where he was a very good hitter. it really doesn’t take a league that long to “adjust” to anyone these days. a few games? a month? maybe, nearly 3 years? nah.

      CF is a issue, though at this point I’d hope they ride it out with Damon spending most of the time in CF in 09. of course, I’m not dead set against this sort of deal, but it’s a bit iffy in quiet a few ways on both sides.

    12. October 9th, 2008 | 7:49 am

      i like it. i wouldnt pay most of Cano’s contract, but i have no real issue with the exchange of players otherwise.

      both teams in NY need a shakeup, there is no doubt about that. i dont see Cashman and Minaya working directly with each other with big names on the table like this, but it makes sense for both teams.

    13. MJ
      October 9th, 2008 | 9:15 am

      I agree that Veras/Bruney are essentially of the fungible middle reliever variety. Losing one of them (preferably Veras) is not a big deal. Getting anything of value for IPK would be a plus right now given how low his stock has fallen.

      Where I draw the line is the idea that the Yanks should have to throw in another prospect, PLUS pay Cano’s salary. The Mets are giving up a valuable bat in Beltran but they’re addressing a major need (2B) and getting a player who is cost controlled for the next several years. It makes no sense for the Yanks to pay the Mets to take Cano.

      To be honest, I’d rather have 2-3 years of Manny than 3 of Beltran.

    14. October 9th, 2008 | 10:09 am

      in a vacuum, id rather have Manny, too.

      but when you factor in athleticism, speed, defense, along with Beltran’s offensive production and general overall better attitude in the clubhouse, Beltran to me makes much more sense for this team where they stand now.

    15. fan9
      October 9th, 2008 | 11:51 am

      while i can’t say i would whole-heartedly agree with this rumor, i can say it wouldn’t be that awful of a deal for either team. the yanks need a cf, and one that can switch hit to balance the very lefty lineup, regardless of our 1b situation. giving up either a veras or bruney, no sweat. cano, to give up on would be a little early, but if he has another year like this year, he’ll be worth even less next year. ipk, is a toss up. he could be a john maine type in the nl… or he could be steve trachsel.

    16. October 9th, 2008 | 12:44 pm

      Bleah. If I absolutely have to, I’d rather flip Cano for a starter.

      Otherwise, wouldn’t it be better to keep the 26-year old headcase instead of trading him (and part of our bullpen) for a 31-year old headcase?

    17. MJ
      October 9th, 2008 | 1:22 pm

      Quite frankly, given how much money we’d be saving the Mets, Cano/Kennedy for Beltran is really all it should require.

    18. antone
      October 9th, 2008 | 2:20 pm

      Quite frankly, given how much money we’d be saving the Mets, Cano/Kennedy for Beltran is really all it should require.
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      Mets can’t trade Beltran without getting a reliever back though I don’t think. That’s their biggest weakness, so it makes no sense to trade one of their best players without addressing that need, even if they do go after K-Rod.

      I don’t see this trade happening though because who plays CF for the Mets once Beltran is gone?

      It’s funny though because I bet if changed the name Kennedy with Aceves people wouldn’t be so up in arms about this rumored trade, even though there is no difference between the two right now. I highly doubt the paying of Cano’s contract would be accurate…they dont want to get rid of him that bad I don’t think.

      What kind of pitcher would Cano return anyway? Something similar to the Delmon Young-Matt Garza trade or someone worse than that?

    19. October 9th, 2008 | 3:56 pm

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    20. butchie22
      October 9th, 2008 | 4:58 pm

      Paying for Cano’s contract? The Yankees are stupid but not that stupid. Antone, you should be Mets GM BECAUSE you realize what the Mets greatest weakness is (in a fashion): their relievers. BUT Omar is a semi-dolt who is talking about Manny when they need to shore up the closer role and their relief core. If the Mets are smart , they’ll ask for Cano, Coke and another reliever. Kennedy? Kennedy will end up in a black hole like Pittsburgh………

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    24. nos1
      October 13th, 2008 | 1:16 pm

      If cashman makes this trade it’ll be like Kazmir for Zambrano all over again, but the yanks are giving up MORE!!!! I dont know why they dont just play Damon left, gardner cf and nady right. The red sox are doing fine with ellisbury/crisp in the field and I think gardner is about the same as those two. For a team that is going to need some serious pitching and i hope they go after burnett instead of CC. If this trade for for Santana then I wouldn’t have a problem with it.

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