MLB > Could Carlos Beltran Be On The Move?

~ As the baseball season gets closer to the trade deadline, the New York Mets will have the spotlight on them for who’s going to be leaving them instead of who would be joining them. Carlos Beltran is a strong canidate to be playing for another team after the All-Star Break. The Met’s right fielder could possibly be headed to San Francisco, at least that’s the latest rumor being passed around.

 Beltran has a no trade clause in his contract. He’s willing to waive  that clause … only if it involves a team that is in contention for the playoffs. The Mets definitely have some big decisions to make. Beltran and their closer Francisco Rodriguez are in the center of those discussions to be had.

 When the season started, Jose Reyes and David Wright were also in the mix to possibly be moved. Wright is currently hurt and has missed a large part of the season. Reyes is also currently injured, however the case can still be made the Mets may try to still move him because of his pending contract status.

 Hard to believe that with so much trade talk surrounding the Mets this season, they are actually in contention for a playoff spot. A great deal of credit has to be given to their manager, Terry Collins.

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NBA > NJ Nets Deron Williams Could Play Overseas If Lockout Continues

 ~ The NBA lockout of 2011 is full of sub-plots that could eventually steer the league towards a conclusion sooner or much later than the players, owners, and fans anticipate. Recently the option for the players to take their talents overseas during this lockout has come to the front of the line. Deron Williams of the New Jersey Nets is reportedly very close to a deal to play in Turkey if a settlement has not been reached in the NBA Lockout by this fall.

 The option to go overseas to play should now begin to be looked as a serious threat now for both the owners and the union of the players. The possibility of this move could put pressure on the owners to reach a deal sooner than they want to. The league is already apparently losing major amounts of money as it is.

 As for the players, this could also work against them as well. It’s kind of hard to justify a united front at the bargaining table when some of the players are picking to go play (and get paid) elsewhere until it’s alright for them to resume making their money here.

 Williams isn’t the only player strongly considering the move. Kobe Bryant has been reported to be considering a similar move to play overseas.

This wouldn’t be a permanent relocation. Williams would almost certainly have a clause in his reported 1 year $5 million dollar contract to have an opt out as soon as the lockout ends.

 The risk Williams or any other NBA player would take with them is the chance of getting injured. Williams has guranteed money coming his way from New Jersey that would not be protected if he is injured overseas. In the case of Williams, he is headed into a potential contract year due to him being able to opt out of his deal in the summer of 2012. He’s also coming off a wrist injury that shut down his 2011 season.

 The bottom line out of all of this is that the players are looking to make sure they have cash flow coming in this fall in case the season does not start on time. At the end of the day, money talks. This could be the beginning of a whole new topic that impacts just how quickly this lockout finds a resolution.

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