Sports Illustrated writer Jon Heyman is one of the most respected baseball writers around, and when he says something, it's taken seriously.
So when Heyman tweeted recently about some possible trade talks between the Texas Rangers and New York Mets, who were coincidentally in town over the weekend, the rumor mill blew up.
"#rangers interested in beltran as well as k-rod (tho there will be rh pen help elsewhere). Could be big trade partner for mets"
That's what he said.
Well, team president and owner Nolan Ryan didn't so much agree with Heyman's take.
Ryan responded to questions about the rumor by saying he doesn't consider Francisco Rodriguez an upgrade to the Rangers bullpen, which is fairly hard to believe despite his declined skills since his All-Star days with the Los Angeles Angels. He also doubted Beltran's value with his history of knee injuries and expressed concern about taking on both players' outrageous salaries.
Beltran isn't nearly a big enough priority right now. Rodriguez as a set-up man to Neftali Feliz is. Despite what Ryan said, I'd have to believe Rodriguez is a viable candidate to go trade for, along with San Diego's Heath Bell, the two biggest bullpen names out on the market right now.
The deadline for trades is July 31. What will be done? One thing's for certain, something has to be if this team wants to repeat its postseason success this fall.