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Let the bidding begin: Mets taking calls on Carlos Beltran

Jul 7, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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According to Kevin Kernan of the New York Post, the Mets “are beginning to accept calls” on outfielder Carlos Beltran and have already received interest.

Beltran has been able to avoid injuries this season and is again producing at a high level offensively, sporting a .285/.373/.506 batting line with 13 home runs and 57 RBI in 85 games for the Mets.

The 34-year-old has lost a step or two defensively, but he might be able to man center field again in the right situation. At least, that’s how the Mets are going to market him this month to potential suitors.

Beltran is playing out the final chapter of a massive seven-year, $119 million contract that he signed with New York in January 2005. The Mets are likely seeking a trade partner who will be open to assuming whatever remains from the $18.5 million in salary that he’s owed this season.

With so many teams in contention here in early July and a league-wide craving for quality offensive production, Beltran’s suitors will be plentiful. Along with dumping salary, the Mets should be able to net some young talent.

Beltran has a full no-trade clause, so he’ll have a bit of say in his eventual landing spot.

  1. bobwheel - Jul 7, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    The Mets also have a bridge in Brooklyn that they’d like to sell.

  2. dohpey28 - Jul 7, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    “but he might be able to man center field again in the right situation” ….

    that situation being for the Puerto Rican team in the Little League World Series. I am a huge Beltran fan, but he can’t run at all these days, his knees are completely shot. Balls that would have been triples a couple years ago are barely stand up doubles these days. He can still catch anything hit to his general are, but his knees make his range very small.

  3. pisano - Jul 7, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    He might be a good choice for the Yankees at DH as he switch hits and the right field porch should be inviting to him. It’s time for the Yankees to get rid of Andruw (strikeout) Jones. This guy is so over the hill it’s not funny.

    • b7p19 - Jul 7, 2011 at 12:27 PM

      Beltran AND K-rod? Thats gonna cost the Yanks a pretty penny.

      • aceshigh11 - Jul 7, 2011 at 12:30 PM

        When has that ever stopped them?

      • pisano - Jul 7, 2011 at 1:18 PM

        b7p19… I don’t ever see K-rod coming to the Yankees, especially after the beating they took on Soriano and Feliciano.

    • tartan1 - Jul 7, 2011 at 12:29 PM

      Funny enough, Andruw Jones is exactly one day older than Carlos Beltran.

      • pisano - Jul 7, 2011 at 1:20 PM

        tartan1… age has nothing to do with it, this guy(Jones) can’t hit his ass with both hands, the guy is washed up.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jul 7, 2011 at 2:54 PM

        Pisan, he does walk away smiling when he goes down looking though- that should make you feel better about the situation at least.

    • Jonny 5 - Jul 7, 2011 at 12:31 PM

      Until he breaks a week later. The Yankees have already been burned by the Mets once. Beltran is absolutely the type of guy who you should expect to be injured, and to trade and take that salary? Buyer beware. The guy is good though, so he will move, and if he does go anywhere, I’d say the DH is the best position for him at this point.

      • dohpey28 - Jul 7, 2011 at 12:46 PM

        How did the Yankees get burned by the Mets? Feliciano was a free agent. Did they not do a medical? Did they not see how much he was used the last 3 years? That was their management/medical team’s mistake. The Mets had nothing to do with it.

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 7, 2011 at 1:52 PM

        Allow me to rephrase, you must excuse my ignorance for not wording everything the way I meant it.

        “The Yankees have already been burned by picking up guys from the Mets once”.
        I wasn’t blaming or bashing the Mets for anything, although going back it sounded exactly that way, just trying to point things out. Beltran is injury prone. The Yankees got screwed when they signed Feliciano a FA Met. And yes, it was between the Yankees and Feliciano, no fault to the Mets.

      • bennyblanco1 - Jul 7, 2011 at 2:09 PM

        Injury prone? 1 major knee surgery equlas injury prone?

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 7, 2011 at 2:28 PM

        In 2009 Beltran only played in 81 games. In 2010 Beltran on played in 64 games. Yes he’s injury prone and to deny it is to ignore reality. Be a homer and deny if you want, but I don’t need to.

      • Ari Collins - Jul 7, 2011 at 3:02 PM

        Wasn’t that the same injury though? He’s been injured two of the last three years, but he’s healthy this year and was never injured before.

        Jed Lowrie, that dude’s injury prone. Ken Griffey, that dude was injury prone. But unless once someone gets hurt they’re automatically injury prone, Beltran isn’t.

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 7, 2011 at 3:26 PM

        His knees are terrible. He’s missed most of the last two seasons because of one of them, which has been surgically repaired. We know he’s also had problems with his other knee as recent as this season. If you don’t think that’s injury prone, I don’t know what to say besides we have varying degrees of perception.

      • Paul Zummo - Jul 7, 2011 at 3:44 PM

        He’s had one major injury in a decade-plus of major league playing time. He’s been a 150+ game guy for all but the 2009 and 2010 seasons, and so far has played in all but a couple of games this season. He’s clearly not as healthy as he was even a few years back, but I don’t think you have to be a Mets homer to expect him to be good to go for the stretch run this year.

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 7, 2011 at 4:06 PM

        He has not been a 150 + player for all but the 2009 and 10 seasons. 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010. 6 seasons he didn’t make 150 + games. I like Beltran, he’s a great guy. I still don’t want my team to give up prospects plus pay him his salary. Added to that he won’t get them a pick when he becomes a FA either.

  4. dodger88 - Jul 7, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Will there be any draft picks tied to Beltran should the Mets (or any team acquiring him) offer him arbitration in the off season? The answer to that question will impact the value a team has to give up especially if the Mets are expected to kick in some money to make a trade.

    • tartan1 - Jul 7, 2011 at 12:34 PM

      He projects as a Type A free agent, but the Mets contractually can’t offer him arbitration after the season.

      • dohpey28 - Jul 7, 2011 at 12:48 PM

        As Tartan1 said he can’t be offered arbitration so no compensation to whomever loses him as a free agent.

    • Ari Collins - Jul 7, 2011 at 1:30 PM

      It’s also unclear what will happen with compensation this offseason. They will likely change it considerably, possibly even scrapping it altogether.

  5. sdelmonte - Jul 7, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Lines are open 24/7. Call 1-800-BELTRAN. No offer will be rejected out of hand. Call now.

    Act now and we’ll throw in a “My dad made me CEO and all I got was this lousy t-shirt” t-shirt!!

  6. Ari Collins - Jul 7, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Mock him all you want, he could really help a team. He’s hitting well, but it’s right at his career norm, so it’s no fluke. He’s healthy, and if he does get hurt again, it’s not like you’re committed beyond this year. You won’t have to give up much young talent for him, since he’s a salary dump. And while he’s lost a step, he was two steps ahead of most to begin with, so most agree he’s still good defensively.

    I’d love to see Boston pick him up.

  7. deathmonkey41 - Jul 7, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    If they’re expecting a team to take on a bulk of his remaining salary, then they can’t be expecting much back in the form of young talent. It’s got to be one or the other.

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