New York Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran addressed how he feels about being the subject of trade rumors as the trade deadline nears.
"We know that trades could happen," Beltran said, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand. "It's part of the business."
The Yankees will listen to trade offers for Beltran and LHP Aroldis Chapman if they continue to struggle and fall out of playoff contention as the Aug. 1 trade deadline nears, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported on Saturday.
Beltran, who went 2 for 4 in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Boston Red Sox, is hitting .297 with 19 home runs and 58 RBIs, as the Yankees now sit 8 1/2 games back in the AL East and 5 1/2 games back for the second Wild Card spot.
A 19-year veteran, Beltran has been traded twice before. He was part of a three-team trade in June 2004 that sent him to the Houston Astros, and in July 2011, the New York Mets traded him to the San Francisco Giants for RHP Zack Wheeler.
"Honestly man, I've been in this type of situation before," Beltran said. "It's not in my hands, you know? What is in my hands is to try to come to the field and do the best I can to help the team win ballgames. For me, that's the right mentality. If you basically get caught up in thinking what's gonna happen, where you're gonna go, things like that, that's too much thinking in baseball. The right mind-set is just come to the ballpark, prepare yourself and go out there and try to perform for the team and try to help the team win ballgames."
GM Brian Cashman and members of the baseball operations department reportedly believe the team should sell, while team president Randy Levine and owner Hal Steinbrenner consider the Yankees contenders.