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Report: Mets willing to cover Carlos Beltran’s remaining salary in potential trade

Jul 18, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

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From Adam Rubin of ESPN New York comes word that the Mets are willing to cover the roughly $6 million left on Carlos Beltran‘s contract to facilitate a potential trade.

“From what I gather, they are asking a lot for him because they are willing to pick up all of his salary,” the source told ESPNNewYork.com.

Jon Heyman of SI.com reported similar information earlier today, writing that the Mets “are willing to eat all or most” of Beltran’s remaining salary if they can get a top prospect in return.

The prospects are the major consideration, of course, but this is also an indication that Mets are attempting to expand the field of potential suitors to as many teams as possible. Beltran may not approve a trade to the Pirates or Indians, for instance, but the fact that they are involved in the talks could raise the stakes for teams like the Giants and Red Sox.

According to Heyman, Beltran would approve deals to the Giants, Tigers, Rangers, Red Sox, Phillies and Yankees among clubs that have expressed interest.

  1. skerney - Jul 18, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    That black alternate jersey has got to go.

    • tomgallagher76 - Jul 19, 2011 at 8:18 AM

      I disagree. The black looks good, ties back to the Giants side of their two team origins (the original team colors and cap were a fusion of the two former NY NL teams) plus, New Yorkers always wear a lot of black so it fits the city.

      • dohpey28 - Jul 19, 2011 at 8:56 AM

        I agree with Skerney, it needs to go. They have Dodger blue and Giant’s orange to tie into the former NY NL teams. The black jersey has nothing to do with it, its simply a marketing move to sell more jerseys. They look terrible on the field.

  2. thekingdave - Jul 18, 2011 at 10:05 PM

    They should trade him back to the Astros as punishment.

  3. hittfamily - Jul 18, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    Andrew Friedman, are you listening!!! Is Beltran a type A or B free agent? He has been injured so much I dont dont know if a team who picks him up will receive a compensation pick. If so, and with the Mets picking up the salary, they will want a lot.

    • D.J. Short - Jul 18, 2011 at 10:26 PM

      He can’t be offered arbitration, as per his contract.

      • D.J. Short - Jul 19, 2011 at 12:30 PM

        I love how that got a thumb’s down.

    • bennyblanco1 - Jul 19, 2011 at 8:52 AM

      Injured so much? One major knee surgery and you act like he hasnt played the majority of his contract.

      Check the numbers.

  4. Ari Collins - Jul 18, 2011 at 10:29 PM

    Good for the Mets. It’s great if they add a quality player rather than just shed salary, especially given their money woes.

  5. pisano - Jul 19, 2011 at 12:32 AM

    He’d be perfect for the Yankees, he could be the fourth outfielder and full time DH. They could get rid of Andruw (smiling strikeout ) Jones, and cut Posada. they both killed Yankee rallies tonight. I don’t think it will happen, but you can always dream.

    • marinersnate - Jul 19, 2011 at 1:18 AM

      “They could get rid of Andruw (smiling strikeout ) Jones, and cut Posada.”

      Cut Posada? You are not even allowed to drop him in the batting order. (No matter how terrible he is). Cut him? That’s nearly laughable.

    • genericcommenter - Jul 19, 2011 at 1:18 AM

      The Yankees won. Plus they really don’t need a 4th outfielder or DH. They have plenty of both.

  6. mrznyc - Jul 19, 2011 at 8:41 AM

    You got to admit, the guy sure knows how to play for a contract. Watch; he’ll be traded to a contender and light it up like the 4th of July – same as last time around – get the contract – be frightened by a small boy in the parking lot and go on the DL for the length of the contract.

  7. pisano - Jul 19, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    marinersnate…. You should probably keep an eye on your team which by your post is the Mariners, as you don’t know what the Yankee scuttlebutt is. The Yankees have basically given Posada until the July 31 to get his average up and be productive or a decision will be made on his future, this according to the River ave Blues. section of the Yes networks page on the net. I don’t feel having him in the line up killing rallies is laughable. I would do my home work before I make a comment that I know nothing about, or better yet keep an eye on the Mariners I’ll bet they’re fun to watch.

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