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“I’d be very reluctant to make it any tougher on them,” he said.

Alderson said more than a half-dozen teams expressed interest in Beltran. During the last 10 days or so, the Mets had their pro scouts all over the country looking at prospects who could be involved in a deal.

The GM said he hadn’t talked to Wheeler yet, but expects he will be sent to Class-A Port St. Lucie in the Florida State League “relatively soon.” Alderson said it’s more likely Wheeler would arrive in the majors in 2013 than 2012, but he doesn’t want to put the pressure of a timetable on him.

“I think we’ll have plenty of time to let Zack develop at his own pace,” Alderson said.