Showing posts with label Carlos Beltran. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Carlos Beltran. Show all posts

Monday, December 23, 2013

Mets News: New Yankees OF Carlos Beltran Blast Mets

Mets News:

Carlos Beltran finally put on the Yankees jersey he’s longed to wear Friday when he was officially introduced at a Yankee Stadium press conference where he wore No. 36.

The switch-hitting outfielder evolved into one of the best players in Mets history even if many can’t forgive him for taking a called third strike to end Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS. And he can’t forgive the Mets for how they treated him at the end of his stay in Queens.

“It comes down to that and it also comes down to, maybe I wouldn’t call it controversy, about Walter Reed and the knee [surgery],’’ said Beltran, who was heavily criticized for missing a 2010 team outing to Walter Reed hospital and had a miscommunication flap with the Mets about having knee surgery after the 2009 season.

Beltran felt the criticism from the Mets’ front office was personal and wrong.

“The situation they tried to put me in, that I was a bad apple,” Beltran said. “I can deal with 0-for-4s, three strikeouts and talking to you guys, I can deal with that. But when somebody is trying to hurt you in a personal way and put things out there that aren’t me, then we have trouble. Now it’s personal.

“At that point when they say all that, of course, I was hurt. You cannot believe that an organization that signed you for seven years will try to put you down. They not only hurt me, they hurt my family and people around me.’’

The Mets put out a statement later Friday that read:

“Statistics speak for themselves. Carlos Beltran was one of the best outfielders in Mets history. We wish him well.’’

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Mets Rumors: Maybe a Carlos Beltran Reunion in New York?

Mets Rumors:

As the Mets look at add some power, Carlos Beltran confirmed he spoke with Mets COO Jeff Wilpon, but would not reveal what was discussed, reports the New York Post's Mike Puma.

Beltran, a free agent after the World Series, was diplomatic when asked about a reunion with the club, "I'm going to listen to everybody and we’ll see what happens."

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Feliciano, Wheeler, Beltran, d'Arnaud, Murphy, Baxter, Santana, Francisco

Mets News and Notes:

Sandy Alderson confirmed Pedro Feliciano's Twitter pronouncement that the southpaw can resume baseball activity while an evaluation of his heart continues.

"Pedro will wear the monitor for the next two weeks, but he has been cleared to resume baseball activity during that time," Alderson Said..

Zack Wheeler predicted he would be ready to pitch in his next Grapefruit League assignment on schedule, but it's hard to fathom the Mets giving him that opportunity.

Given the length of time remaining in spring training and the importance of Wheeler to the franchise, the Mets will conservatively treat Wheeler's right oblique strain, which has been labeled "mild" by Sandy Alderson.

"No question," Terry Collins said. "He said he could even pitch today. He said, 'I could have pitched.' And I said, 'No, there's no sense in pushing it.'

"We're not even to March yet. [Pitching coach] Dan [Warthen] brought up the other day that this time last year we were throwing batting practice. I said, 'You've got a long time. Just make sure you get your treatment."

Carlos Beltran announced that he thought the Mets were winners in the trading-deadline deal two years ago that sent him to San Francisco for Zack Wheeler.

“It worked out better for them,” Beltran said, referring to the Mets as the winners. “I thought we were going to go to the playoffs and it didn’t happen. But it is what it is. I took the chance of going to the team that was fighting for a playoff spot and it didn’t work out for me. But it worked out for the Mets.”

Still, Beltran was complimentary about their brief pregame meeting and Zach Wheeler’s upside.

“All I’ve heard is he’s a good prospect,” Beltran said. “He has good stuff. I mean, he’s a young guy. I think they’ve got the people here to mold him to be the pitcher he can be for the organization -- the ace that they’re looking for.”

The Mets have decided catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud is too valuable to be blocking the plate. Terry Collins said he met with the 24-year-old d'Arnaud on Wednesday to relay the organization's preference and reasoning.

Friday, June 01, 2012

Preview: Game 52 - Cardinals at Mets - Beltran Returns to Citi Field

St. Louis Cardinals (27-24) at New York Mets (28-23) 7:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
A. Wainwright (R) 10 4-5 4.456.11-22.595/27PHIW6.0712-120.21.31
J. Santana (L) 10 2-2 2.756.12-11.605/26SDW9.0401-022.02.45

Carlos Beltran returns to Citi Field this evening when the St. Louis Cardinals open a four-game set with the New York Mets.

Beltran spent six-plus seasons in New York before being dealt to San Francisco late last season. Beltran averaged close to 30 home runs and over 100 RBI through his first three seasons with the Mets, but was plagued by injuries for most of the second half of his tenure.

However, he has been perhaps the best player in the National League this season, hitting .290 with 15 home runs and 41 RBI, while filling the enormous void left by Albert Pujols in the St. Louis lineup.

"I've certainly been aware of when he was red hot and hit all the homers," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He's still got 15 homers and he's having a great year, and I'm very happy for him.

"He's a great guy. He came here and played his heart out for me. But if there's a time he gets cold, I hope it starts Friday night. It will be nice to talk to him, nice to congratulate him for the start he's been off to this year, but we've got to get him out."

Beltran is a huge reason why the Cardinals are just 1 1/2 games out of first place in the NL Central. However, if they are going to overtake the Cincinnati Reds and make a push towards the postseason, the Cards are going to need Adam Wainwright to get back to being the pitcher he was before Tommy John surgery cost him last season.

Over his last two starts Wainwright has resembled that pitcher, winning both outings, while surrendering one run in 15 innings of those outings. Wainwright followed up his four-hit shutout over the Padres back on May 22 by beating Roy Halladay and the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, holding them to a run and seven hits in six innings to run his record to 4-5 to go along with a 4.45 ERA.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Carlos Beltran pays for Jon Niese's Nose

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY,  Ex-Mets Outfielder Carlos Beltran, who offered last summer to pay for a nose job for Niese, has in fact paid the $10,000 bill, the New York Mets left-hander said.

Carlos Beltran said he would pay for Jon Niese's new nose, and he made good on his promise.

Beltran and Niese were teammates when the offer was made last July. Niese went through with the rhinoplasty procedure in October.

Beltran carried through with the promise despite having been traded away from the Mets. He spent the second half of last season with the San Francisco Giants, and now is with the Cardinals.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Carlos Beltran agrees to pay for Jon Niese's New Nose

According to the NY Post, Carlos Beltran will pay the $10,000 debt owed on Jon Niese's New Nose.

When Beltran overheard Mets starter Jonathan Niese talking about getting a nose job, the then-Mets outfielder agreed to pay if he went through with it.

So Niese took him up on the offer and sent the bill to his former teammate.

The 25-year old left-hander told reporters, “Carlos and I were joking around about it, and he said he wanted me to get a new nose. Yeah, he’ll pay. I sent him the bill.“

Monday, February 20, 2012

Jon Niese gets a nose job thanks to Carlos Beltran

Before Carlos Beltran was traded to the San Francisco Giants last July, he playfully told New York Mets left-hander Jon Niese, "Hey, we need to get you a new nose."

Beltran offered to pay. Now he might be finding a bill in the mail soon, according to Niese.

Originally motivated by aesthetics, Niese got a nose job in October.

"He wanted me to have a new nose," Niese said about Beltran. "So he offered to pay for it. I was just like, 'All right.' Then it turned into seeing doctors and to getting it fixed."

An originally unintended byproduct of the rhinoplasty procedure is improved breathing, Niese said Monday, upon reporting to Mets camp.

"It's helped a lot with my running," he said. "It helps with my working out. As far as the mound, I'm not sure."

Niese, 25, ended last season on the disabled list with a strained intercostal muscle on his right side. He went 11-11 with a 4.40 ERA in 27 appearances (26 starts).

Niese is entrenched in the 2012 rotation that also is projected to include Johan Santana, R.A. Dickey, Mike Pelfrey and Dillon Gee.

"I wouldn't consider myself a veteran," Niese said. "But it feels good to have a couple of years under my belt. Now it's just taking it easy and going about my business as usual."

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Carlos Beltran to Cards, no real surprise

Carlos Beltran will continue his career not in San Francisco, but in St Louis. The Cardinals agreed to a two year contract with the veteran outfielder..

Carlos Beltran will try to soften the blow with Albert Pujols going to Angels via Free Agency..

Beltran was targeted by 5 teams with the Cardinals always leading the pack.. Beltran is expected to play right field and Lance Berkman is expected to play 1st Base in place of Albert Pujols.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Beltran suitors down to five teams, decision next week

Free-agent outfielder Carlos Beltran is expected to make a decision on his future sometime within the next week, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

It is believed five different teams are in the mix for the switch-hitter, including the St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Colorado Rockies and one unknown.

Beltran, 34, just finished a seven-year $119 million contract which he signed with the New York Mets in 2005. The slugging outfielder played seven seasons with New York before being traded mid-way through 2011 to the San Francisco Giants.

In 142 games last season, Beltran hit .300/.385/.525 with 22 home runs and 84 RBI. The performance was considered one of the best comebacks of the year, as Beltran had failed to play more than 81 games in a season since 2008. Before being traded to San Francisco, Beltran was named to his sixth All-Star team.

Once a world-class centerfielder, it is believed that Beltran would best serve a team as a corner outfielder or even as the designated hitter at this point in his career.

In 2011, the former Gold Glove award winner posted a -7.3 UZR overall, a far cry from the 12.4 UZR he posted for the New York Mets in 2008 in his last full season.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Colorado Rockies looking to sign Carlos Beltran?

Thomas Harding of confirms that the Rockies are trying to sign free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran.

The Twins have emerged as the front-runner for Josh Willingham, which means the Rockies are in good position to land either Michael Cuddyer or Beltran.

There have been some concerns about Beltran's knees, so the Rockies may be able to get him on two-year deal for a higher annual salary.

The Cardinals and Red Sox have also expressed varying degrees of interest in the 34-year-old outfielder.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Red Sox interested in Beltran, Two Year Deal

Beltran might stay on the east coast
According to a report from Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, the Red Sox are interested in free agent Carlos Beltran. The veteran right fielder was though to be a possible trade target for the Sox at the 2011 deadline, but the Mets instead dealt Beltran to the Giants, where he hit .323 with seven home runs in 44 games. The 34-year-old Beltran (he’ll be 35 in April) hit .300 with 22 HR and 84 RBI last season.

A competing executive told Heyman that he predicts the Sox will ink Beltran to a two-year deal. According to an report last week, Beltran has left agent Scott Boras and is now represented by Dan Lozano.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Carlos Beltran says the Giants need Jose Reyes

Adam Rubin of ESPN NY said that Carlos Beltran may not remain with the San Francisco Giants in 2012. Regardless, he thinks the team should make a run at Jose Reyes as a free agent.

In fact, Beltran believes a bat like Reyes is needed for him to want to re-sign with the Giants.

"The first option for this team should be finding a guy who's a leadoff batter," Beltran said in the San Francisco Chronicle. "Then, if you want to add another bat, I could be the second option.

"I think that's what I see from this year, the time that I've been here. We've had great pitching, a great bullpen. At the end of the day, the issue here has been, the team doesn't score runs. The only way you can manufacture runs is to have a guy at the top of the lineup who gets on base, steals bases and makes the job easier for the guys behind."

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Carlos Beltran back on the DL , ...for the Giants this time!

Carlos Beltran, who has an injured hand, landed on the disabled list with the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday. He had not played since Aug. 7.

Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports Beltran traveled to Cleveland for a second opinion. Had also had received an additional cortisone shot.

Beltran had been hitting .244 with no homers and two RBIs in 45 at-bats since the trade for minor league right-hander Zack Wheeler.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Carlos Beltran is out of the lineup for Giants

According to the NY Post, Giants right fielder Carlos Beltran is out of the lineup for Monday night’s series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates because of an injured right hand.

Beltran came out of Sunday’s 3-1 win over the Phillies after experiencing a sharp pain in the top of his hand while striking out swinging to end the sixth inning. X-rays were negative but Beltran had a hard time gripping the bat.

Nate Schierholtz was starting in right in place of Beltran, batting fifth.

Beltran was listed as day to day. He is batting .244 with a double, two triples and two RBIs in 11 games for the Giants since being acquired in a trade from the Mets on July 28.

Alderson looks like a genius more and more everyday

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Audio: Sandy Alderson discusses Beltran Trade (Press Conference)

Willie Harris Wants to Defeat Beltran in Playoffs

After Carlos Beltran's departure to join his new team, the San Francisco Giants, Willie Harris tried to rally the troops before last nights game. He said to anyone in earshot while in the training room,
"Lets make the playoffs and let's beat Carlos Beltran in the playoffs."
When asked about his comments Harris told the NY Post,
"I mean, how cool would that be?" Harris said after the Mets beat the Reds 8-2 at Great American Ball Park. "We trade our best hitter and then we send him home in the playoffs."
The Mets are one win closer to Harris' request after defeating the Reds with the help of Mike Pelfrey who seemed to have toned down his criticism of the Mets front office from earlier this week.
"Obviously we're a better team with Carlos Beltran," he said. "But that doesn't mean that Lucas Duda or Willie Harris or Scott Hairston on the bench can't step up. [The trade] is unfortunate, but we're all professionals and we're going to continue to go out there and play and go out there and win."
Pelfrey pitched a complete game allowing only 2 earned runs and 7 hits.

Alderson makes it official, Beltran and Cash to Giants For Pitching Prospect Zach Wheeler

The Mets officially announced Thursday morning that they had traded right fielder Carlos Beltran, along with cash, to the San Francisco Giants for Zack Wheeler, a right-handed minor league pitcher.

In a conference call Thursday afternoon, General Manager Sandy Alderson provided insight into the deal, which in the short term will hinder the Mets’ chances for a playoff berth.

In the long term, however, the deal brightens the Mets’ future with a highly regarded prospect described by Alderson as a “high end talent” with “top end potential.”

Though he declined to reveal the specifics of his negotiations with other teams, Alderson said talks heated up Monday with a number of clubs. The Giants came to the Mets with an offer Tuesday that they were pleased to accept.

“We were looking for big upside,” Alderson said. “We could have gotten a package of three players, from a number of clubs, but the overall potential of those players would not have equaled Zack’s potential. In that way, we sacrificed a little bit of diversification for top-end potential.”

Though he declined to reveal the specifics of his negotiations with other teams, Alderson said talks heated up Monday with a number of clubs. The Giants came to the Mets with an offer Tuesday that they were pleased to accept.

“We were looking for big upside,” Alderson said. “We could have gotten a package of three players, from a number of clubs, but the overall potential of those players would not have equaled Zack’s potential. In that way, we sacrificed a little bit of diversification for top-end potential.”

Alderson also addressed to an extent the notion that Beltran, despite interest from teams like the Texas Rangers and the Boston Red Sox, would have refused to switch to the American League. Beltran had a no-trade clause in his contract.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Rumors becoming reality, Beltran on the verge to Giants for Wheeler

All the rumors are becoming reality.....According to the NY Times, the Mets and the San Francisco Giants are on the verge of completing a trade that will send Carlos Beltran and cash to the Giants in exchange for a top prospect who is likely to be Zack Wheeler, a right-handed pitcher taken in the first round of the 2009 draft.

The Mets get the 6-foot-3 Wheeler, 21, is in his second season of minor league ball. He is 7-5 this season with a 3.99 earned run average for the Class A San Jose Giants.

In recent days, teammates of Beltran and staff members of the Mets had become increasingly convinced that San Francisco would be Beltran’s destination, at least in part because he seemed very open to playing there. And where Beltran wanted to play was important because he had a full no-trade clause in his contract and thus had the right to veto any deal he did not like.

Video: See ya later, Thanks for the memories ....Carlos Beltran

I found a video on you-tube that's short and sweet, thanking Carlos Beltran.

Hey, I wish him well and I will be still routing for you in the play-offs
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