Showing posts with label MLB Trade Deadline. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MLB Trade Deadline. Show all posts

Monday, July 25, 2011

If Possible, Should Mets Re-Sign Beltran This Offseason?

With all the hype this week surrounding Carlos Beltran and the trade deadline, I felt it necessary to throw in my two cents.

Most likely, before the week is through, Beltran will be playing for another team. I’m normally optimistic about matters concerning the Mets, but I’m definitely realistic when it comes to this impending trade.

Carlos Beltran will no longer be a Met when this week is through.

Besides missing time due to injury and the unfortunate Game 7 strikeout, Beltran had a fine Mets career. He’s enjoying one of his more productive years this season as well.

So while Beltran will likely make another NL team very happy during the stretch run, he still will be a free agent after this season.

I’ve heard that some analysts believe the Mets would be wise to try to re-sign Beltran this offseason to a short-term deal.

I am very curious to hear what the fans think about this. I will present both sides of the argument to give everyone a clearer picture of what we are dealing with.

Beltran, when healthy, is an extremely productive all-around player. He hits for power, a decent average and has shown he can drive in runs in clutch situations. He also has shown surprisingly good range in the outfield, and there’s no doubt in my mind that he can shift back to center if he had to (or another team wanted him to be their everyday centerfielder).

Next year’s free agent outfield class will include Jonny Gomes, Raul Ibanez, Ryan Ludwick, Juan Pierre, Josh Willingham, Rick Ankiel, David DeJesus, Lance Berkman, Michael Cuddyer, J.D. Drew, Jeff Francoeur, Kosuke Fukudome, Xavier Nady, Cody Ross and of course Beltran.

Of this group, Beltran is by far the most complete player and will likely be the most sought after, except for maybe Berkman who’s having a phenomenal offensive season.

Since he will be heavily pursued, there will be a hefty price tag associated with him. He’s also a Scott Boras client meaning his agent will drive up the price. He’ll likely command a two-three year deal in the neighborhood of $10 million per season, if not more.

Do the Mets have the money to make this deal, especially with the possibility of re-signing Jose Reyes on the table? Reyes will easily get a deal of six-seven years, $130+ million, which may cripple the Mets payroll.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Rumor Mill: Mets Could Be in the Market for SF Giants Prospects

With the trade deadline fast approaching, the Mets have some tough decisions facing them. It’s looking more likely that the team will hang onto Jose Reyes and attempt to negotiate a long-term contract this off-season.

However, Carlos Beltran, as some media outlets have said, is “as good as gone.”

Beltran is overcoming flu-like symptoms but should be in the lineup tonight against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The San Francisco Giants have been rumored to have interest in both Beltran and Reyes. Unique closer Brian Wilson has publicly stated that he wants Beltran on the Giants for the stretch run.

The Giants have a few prospects that could intrigue the Mets if a deal were to occur.

Young slugging prospect Brandon Belt’s would be the first option. Belt, a first baseman by trade who could also play some outfield, cracked the Giants roster out of spring training but couldn’t handle Major League pitching early on. The Giants sent him back to the minors, where he’s hit at a .336 clip in 39 games.

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