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Beltran open to Red Sox deal

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 11, 2011 07:27 PM

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PHOENIX — As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline creeps closer, right field is a glaring need for the Red Sox. Thy are getting an OPS of .638 from that position, the second-lowest in baseball.

Carlos Beltran of the Mets would fill that need nicely. The switch hitter is hitting .285 with 12 home runs. 28 doubles and 58 RBIs.

But there are obstacles. Beltran, who will be a free agent after the season, presently has $8.1 million remaining on his contract and has a full no-trade clause.

“Having the no-trade clause gives me a little bit of control. Now basically, I would choose whether to get traded,” Beltran said. “At this point, all I want is to win and have the opportunity to be in the playoffs. You work hard in the offseason and spring training to be in situations like those.”

Beltran indicated that the Red Sox would be a team he would be open to joining. "That's an easy one," he said. The Sox also had interest in Beltran last winter before they acquired Carl Crawford.

Landing Beltran would seem like a long shot. The Mets are sure to want a good prospect or two in return and the money could be prohibitive.

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