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Mets ownership, Carlos Beltran, the Yankees' lineup and Ivan Nova

Good story this morning by Forbes' website, which reported that Fred Wilpon and Ray Bartoszek planned to meet today regarding the possibility of buying that much-heralded minority share of the club. A person in the loop confirmed that information to me.

So what's up with David Einhorn? There clearly has been some turbulence in the negotiations between Einhorn and the Wilpons. After all, the deal was supposed to be done already; they announced the exclusivity agreement on May 26.

David Lennon and I communicated with a few different people today regarding this, and most said that the Wilpons and Einohrn would still hammer out a deal, that it simply has been more complex than they anticipated.

But there are rumblings within the industry that this is a more serious rift, one that could lead to a collapse of the whole thing. 

Lennon just tweeted that the Mets will issue a statement later regarding the matter.

--Carlos Beltran. What do we have today?

One competing team official expressed skepticism that the Phillies would pay the necessary price for Beltran. The Phillies are amenable to dealing 19-year-old prospect Jonathan Singleton, this person said, but not so much Domonic Brown.

The same person thought that the Red Sox would be smart enough to try and sell high on Josh Reddick, who is en fuego right now, and use him in a Beltran package - as opposed to keeping Reddick and passing on Beltran.

--Joe Girardi said that he could return Brett Gardner to the leadoff spot against righties and lower Derek Jeter to second. In other words, return the lineup to where it was at the start of the season.

Imagine your child bringing home a bunch of tests with Ds in September, and then, in October, those tests become Fs. In November, it's back to Ds. Maybe your first instinct is to congratulate your child for improvement. And then your second instinct is to say, "Let's go. You still need to get much better."

That's sort of how I feel about moving Jeter from first down to second against right-handers. That would be the D test grade.

--Girardi said that Ivan Nova didn't actually roll or turn his right ankle Tuesday night. Rather, Nova felt pain from a previous start, when a line drive hit that area. Girardi said that Nova hasn't been ruled out of a Yankees start in the July 30 doubleheader against Baltimore.

--Have a great night.


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