DENVER -- The Braves are among the teams showing interest in acquiring All-Star outfielder Carlos Beltran from the Mets before the Trade Deadline.Seeking a significant return, the Mets are reportedly willing to pay all of the approximate $6 million Beltran is owed before he becomes a free agent later this year. While this certainly helps the Braves' position, it also creates the likelihood they would have to deal some of their top prospects to a division rival for an outfielder who would likely be in Atlanta for just a couple of months.
The Braves are definitely interested in adding a right-handed-hitting outfielder before the July 31 non-waiver deadline. While Jordan Schafer is still dealing with some growing pains, the club seems happy with what he has provided and intent on keeping him as their leadoff hitter and starting center fielder.There is a chance the Braves could acquire an outfielder and ask him to either platoon with Jason Heyward in right field or handle the position on a daily basis if he could serve as a significant upgrade. Heyward has hit just .173 against left-handed pitchers this season.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.