…and the Houston Chronicle’s Jose De Jesus Ortiz says he’s signing with the Mets. Newsday’s Jon Heyman also claims a Mets announcement is imminent.

The Mets and Beltran were said to be “only $4 million or $5 million apart” in negotiations. The Mets had bid $112 million and were believed willing to bump the bid slightly, to perhaps $115 million if it would secure their chances to land the player who batted .267 with 38 home runs, 104 RBIs and 42 stolen bases last year.

Boras was working hard to get the Mets to raise their $112-million bid throughout the day. Mets people were in lockdown mode again and not speaking about their talks, but they were having to decide whether to raise what they believe may be the high bid.