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Carlos Beltran says he’d accept a trade to Boston

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ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 24: Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on June 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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Carlos Beltran hasn’t been shy about answering trade questions as he perhaps enters his final weeks with the Mets. After indicating last week that he’d be open to a trade to San Francisco, he came out Monday and said Boston is on his list as well.

“They’re in first place,” he said. “That’s a no-brainer.”

The Red Sox have stuck with the struggling J.D. Drew in right field, even though he’s driven in just 21 runs in 73 games. They might be open to making a change if the right opportunity comes along. Still, there’s nothing to suggest they’ve engaged the Mets in talks regardling Beltran. Not only would the $6 million left on his deal be an obstacle, but such an acquisition could also have luxury-tax ramifications for a Boston team that’s been straddling the line.

Beltran, because he’s spent 10 years in the league and the last five with the same team, has full no-trade protection.