The Beltre rumor
Yes, ESPN’s got a “Twins talk
to the M’s about Beltre” rumor up. The Twins picking up that kind of payroll, though… I don’t think this passes a sniff test.
To go back to the trade value post of a while back — Beltre’s a tough sell, generally.
Update: as Mike points out, that’s based on the Twins having internal discussions that mentioned him, making this possibly the thinnest rumor since the Rays briefly discussed Bonds and were batted about by the national press for weeks (fun side note: look how the Rays DHs have done since then).