Beltran to Giants
Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran to the Giants for prospects is one trade that can make a difference. This is by default. There is no Cliff Lee on the market, no one guy that transforms a contender into a champion as Lee did with the ace-starved Rangers in 2010.
If Mets shortstop Jose Reyes is traded, especially to the Giants, his energy and MVP-type numbers will carry a good team to the promised land. But the Mets may hang onto him, making Beltran the best of the available group.
The outfielder would automatically be the best all-around player on the defending World Series champions. The Giants' pitching gets them pretty far, but eventually they'll need someone who can hit.
Beltran to Braves
Juan C. Rodriguez
The Braves have to land Carlos Beltran for two reasons: They need offense and they can't afford to see him in a Phillies uniform.
The National League East could hinge on whether the Mets deal Beltran to one of their division rivals. The Phillies, who opened the week with a six-game lead on the Braves, can win the East without him. Not only do the Braves need the offensive transfusion, but Beltran's bat would help keep them atop the wild-card standings.
Braves right fielders opened the week hitting only .230-14-41 with a .697 on-base plus slugging percentage. Top to bottom, the Braves possess the pitching to challenge the Phillies for the pennant. In adding Beltran, they could boast the offense to do so as well.
Pence to Phils or Giants