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Beltran for sale ... temporarily

Royals GM Allard Baird is ready to listen to offers for Carlos Beltran, but probably won't get what he wants.

Updated: June 16, 2004, 12:09 AM ET
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

Royals general manager Allard Baird is ready to listen to offers for Carlos Beltran, a center fielder who can hit and run and play excellent defense, and could have an impact on his next team well into October. Baird would, in most circumstances, be swamped with overwhelming offers for such a player.

But Baird probably won't get a deal worthy of Beltran because superagent Scott Boras represents the free agent-to-be. Rival general managers are assuming there's virtually no chance ...

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