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Mets haven’t approached Carlos Beltran about position switch

Nov 17, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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Last week Carlos Beltran admitted that he “would have to listen” if the Mets approached him about switching positions, but Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Beltran and general manager Sandy Alderson spent Saturday together in Puerto Rico and the topic wasn’t broached.

“The trip to Puerto Rico was not to accomplish a position change,” Alderson told McCullough. “It’s not necessarily that the subject is only broached after spring training begins, but I think it’s only fair to think about that and deal with it in the context of real information.”

In other words, the Mets may want to actually get a look at Beltran and his surgically repaired knee in some game action before determining whether he should remain in center field. That approach certainly makes sense, but Beltran has indicated that he’d like to know the team’s plans sooner than later, saying: “If the organization has different things in mind, then we have to talk about that.”

  1. BC - Nov 17, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    I assume they’re thinking of right field for him, and move Pagan to center? Might make sense. Pagan has never struck me as a great fielder, just OK. Who knows. Or better put, on a 75-win team at best, who cares?

    • chrisny3 - Nov 17, 2010 at 10:30 AM

      Actually, among those with over 700 innings in the field, Pagan was the second best defensive CFer in all of baseball last season.

      • BC - Nov 17, 2010 at 10:40 AM

        OK, so that solves center field.
        Can Beltran pitch? I’d assume he’d easily be our third starter with Santana out.

      • chrisny3 - Nov 17, 2010 at 10:42 AM

        Beltran = RF

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