Giants may be in hunt for Beltran

The San Francisco Giants’ deadline shopping list is not a mystery, and it’s not too specific, either.

Outfielder? Shortstop? Right-handed hitter? Star? Role player?

“No, just somebody with all-around ability,” general manager Brian Sabean said.

“And more so: Somebody that can drive in a run.”

That, once again, points everything toward New York Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran, who seems as perfect for the Giants as they seem for him.

He is the No. 1 bat on the market, with a stellar postseason history and an apparent soft spot in his heart for the Giants. (Which is important, because Beltran has a no-trade clause.)

Beltran would be a short-term rental, but the Giants are more than willing to dive into that market by Sunday’s trade deadline, if it’s for a player who could make a difference in October.

The Giants have some extra cash (thanks to the 50-for-50 sellout streak this season), some high motivation (defend last year’s title and take advantage of this premium pitching) and some elite depth in the farm system.

“I think we need to upgrade,” Sabean said. “Whether that can happen in a significant way, I’m not sure. The talent pool isn’t in our favor.”


Johan Santana threw 45 pitches in a bullpen session and remained on target in his comeback from shoulder surgery.

The latest workout by the New York Mets ace came before their game against the Florida Marlins on Sunday. Barring a setback, he’s expected to begin a minor-league rehabilitation assignment in the next few days.

“He’s gotten himself to the point where if he recovers and he’s feeling good, we can start getting him into games like we would in spring training,” Mets rehabilitation pitching coordinator Randy Niemann said.

Santana underwent surgery on his left shoulder in September. There’s no timetable for his return to the majors, but the two-time Cy Young Award winner hopes to pitch for the Mets before the end of the season.

“We still have some way to go, but I’m feeling better, and that’s what I’m looking for,” Santana said. “Every day it gets better.”


The Reds put rookie shortstop Zack Cozart on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow injury. … The Tigers optioned reliever Lester Oliveros to Triple-A Toledo and called up pitcher Chance Ruffin. … The Texas Rangers signed a pair of 16-year-old players from Venezuela – left-hander Yohander Mendez and outfielder Eduard Pinto. The Rangers also signed right-hander Merkin Valdez to a minor league contract.