It’s been over two weeks since Carlos Beltran’s return from his knee injury and you can just about stick a fork in the Mets. Prior to his return, I was cautiously optimistic that Beltran would be capable of igniting a power surge in the middle of the lineup. This has not been the case. Instead, we’ve seen him not be able to bat his weight and not be able to display his graceful mobility in center field, suggesting that he is better suited for a corner outfield position at this stage in his career. With another month and half left of what just about promises to be meaningless baseball, Carlos Beltran’s future can be a topic of discussion.
Should the Mets shop him around to other teams this off-season or no? He is Carlos Beltran, and when healthy, he undoubtedly provides a game changing presence. My answer to that question is ‘no’ based on the fact that he will be playing for a new contract in 2011 with his biggest fan Scott Boras by his side. Beltran also has a full no-trade clause and would likely request a contract extension and only accept a trade to a few teams to waive that clause.
Any fan with half of a clue could tell you that Carlos Beltran is not the biggest issue on the Met roster. There is almost no doubt in my mind that he will be the center fielder on opening day in 2011 for the Mets. However, based on where the team stands when the trade deadline approaches next year, who knows what could be done with him. Its interesting to think about what kind of players the Mets would ask for in return if Beltran is putting up solid numbers halfway through next season. Of course, this type of scenario is brought up assuming the Mets are in the same predicament as they are this season a year from now. The most likely situation is that Beltran goes through the motions in the final year of his contract and the Mets receive the compensatory draft picks when he walks.
As the 2010 Mets campaign continues to prove more and more painful by the day, Met fans are becoming increasingly restless. Don’t pick up Jose Reyes’ option at the end of the season, trade Beltran, trade David Wright (at this point, I’m not 100% opposed to that), trade Johan Santana (who also has a full no-trade clause), these are just a few of the ideas you can hear being thrown into the whirlwind of disappointment and disgust while listening to a couple of hours worth of WFAN.
Despite being an All-Star caliber player during his time in New York, Beltran has no doubt been a symbol of the Wilpon’s failure in structuring a winning product during the mid to late parts of the past decade. He was a primary ingredient in ownership’s recipe for bringing in big names in order to put rear-ends in seats. Simply put, Beltran is a face that fans have grown tired of. Naturally, instead of helping the team reach the postseason in 2011, I expect Carlos Beltran’s imminent departure to give fans a reason to believe in one of the team’s many sarcastic motto’s: There’s always next season.