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Report: Yankees not interested in Carlos Beltran

Jul 13, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

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Following the Mets’ trade of Francisco Rodriguez to the Brewers, most everyone believes Carlos Beltran is the next shoe to drop.  However, the six-time All-Star won’t be going to the Yankees, sources tell ESPN.com’s Buster Olney.

Olney reports that the Yankees aren’t interested in Beltran, who has hit .285/.377/.503 in 89 games this season.

If the Yankees were to pick up someone like Beltran, it’d mean sitting either Nick Swisher or Jorge Posada against right-handers, and while Beltran may well be an upgrade in that situation, he doesn’t really qualify as a need.

It’s pretty much a given that Beltran is a goner.  Since the Mets are prevented from offering him arbitration as a free agent, they don’t even have the incentive of keeping him in the hopes of getting a couple of draft picks in return.  Speculation will likely continue to center on the Giants, but Olney thinks the Tigers could land him because of their ability to take on salary.

  1. phukyouk - Jul 13, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    “Since the Mets are prevented from offering him arbitration as a free agent, they don’t even have the incentive of keeping him in the hopes of getting a couple of draft picks in return.”

    to this day i still do not understand the reasoning for the Mets to allow this to me in his contract. its not benefit to Beltran and can only hurt the Mets.

    • paperlions - Jul 13, 2011 at 4:54 PM

      …but it does benefit Beltran, because now it won’t cost a team a draft pick to sign him (assuming he is a type A FA), which will increase the pool of interested teams as probably the salary teams will offer…teams generally don’t like to pay twice: money and players/picks….if they only have to pay once (money), they’ll pay more.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jul 13, 2011 at 4:58 PM

      It was a benefit to Beltran. He’d be more attractive to teams in free agency because he wouldn’t require the team signing him to give up a draft pick in return.

      As for why the Mets allowed it… they wanted him and weren’t going to say no because of something that wasn’t going to have any ramifications until seven years down the line.

      That said, in this case, it’s probably only letting the Mets or the team that trades for him off the hook. It would have been a huge risk offering Beltran arbitration, particularly given his current $18.5 million salary.

  2. Ari Collins - Jul 13, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    As a Sox fan: good. Swisher is hitting .249/.367/.416. Beltran is hitting .285/.377/.503. In a much much harder park to hit in.

    • screename529 - Jul 13, 2011 at 5:10 PM

      Since June 1, Swisher is hitting .304/.414/.571. Beltran checks in at .294/.389/.497. Swisher’s got a 5.4 UZR compared to Beltran’s 1.0. Beltran’s probably better, but the aforementioned stats, as well as age/injury risk makes the gap not really too large.

      • Ari Collins - Jul 13, 2011 at 7:15 PM

        Good point, SN. The stats for the year so far probably undersell what Swisher will produce going forward. (Although obviously Swisher is not as good as his last 6 weeks of play, either.)

  3. tsi4431 - Jul 13, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Beltran isn’t going anywhere. Alderson wants to keep the few remaining fans in the seats. KRod didn’t bring fans to the game like Beltran does. Beltran will get a 2 year deal by the end of the season. The Mets have no other better options and a bunch of money coming off the books.

    • phukyouk - Jul 13, 2011 at 5:16 PM

      one word:
      REYES!

  4. mss16 - Jul 13, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Would love for the phils to trade one of their baby aces for him and put in him left instead of Ibanez and hit behind Howard. I think he would produce when he is not the primary RBI guy in the lineup.

  5. deathmonkey41 - Jul 13, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    He’s definately an upgrade over Posada.

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