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The Giants aren’t going to try to re-sign Carlos Beltran

Nov 8, 2011, 12:55 PM EDT

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Jon Heyman reports that the Giants are no longer going to try to re-sign Carlos Beltran.  Because when you add an .809 OPS outfielder like Melky Cabrera and take away a .910 OPS outfielder like Beltran, your severe offensive problems are all better.

Oh, I don’t know. I’m just being mean. I’m sure they have their reasons. Spending money on someone like Jose Reyes could be a reason. We don’t know. The point is, Beltran is now going someplace else. Probably Boston, if everyone who thinks they know a little bit about this sort of thing can be believed.

That makes two rent-a-player situations in Beltran’s career. With the 2004 Astros and the 2011 Giants. he hit well in both of them. Really darn well in 2004, but better than most people realized this past season too. Oh well.  Some people are meant to be transitional figures, I suppose.

  1. SmackSaw - Nov 8, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    He’d look good in Marlins…wait, nobody’ll look good in Marlin’s colors.

    • Old Gator - Nov 8, 2011 at 1:59 PM

      I wouldn’t mind watching him looking lousy in those orange juice commercials the Feesh plan to drape over their players this season. At least, he knows how to get an occasional hit when he sees runners on second and third, something his teammates couldn’t figure out how to do very often last season. And of course, he’d come a lot cheaper than Pujols or Fielder (hahahahahaha) – and Hanley could always use some company on the DL. It’s lonely out there.

  2. Kyle - Nov 8, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Would love to see Beltran land with a contender and make another playoff run.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 8, 2011 at 5:17 PM

      The amoutn of dislikes to your comment is pretty hilarious.

      • Kyle - Nov 8, 2011 at 6:31 PM

        Hall of fame caliber players are so unlikeable!

  3. uyf1950 - Nov 8, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    I’m guessing Beltran goes to the Red Sox on a 2 year $25M or so deal. Maybe a little more than $25M with incentives.

  4. dlevalley - Nov 8, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    That means we get Wheeler back, right? Right?

  5. sdelmonte - Nov 8, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    I think the injury that hampered him at the end of the season was a yellow flag.

    • spudchukar - Nov 8, 2011 at 1:37 PM

      Was he penalized? Illegal shift?

      • - Nov 8, 2011 at 2:10 PM

        No, being too slow in pit road

  6. skaus - Nov 8, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    I could not imagine that the Giants would want Beltran back after seeing him play right field. Several balls fell in that we are used to seeing caught. He belongs in the AL now.

  7. micker716 - Nov 8, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    That .100 difference in OPS would look significant if we weren’t talking about a healthy 27 year old who appears to be entering his prime and is in the final year of his contract vs. an injury-prone 34 year old free agent.

    • paperlions - Nov 8, 2011 at 2:40 PM

      Don’t confuse luck with improved performance, Cabrera’s underlying performance last year was exactly the same as it was when he sucked.

      • Ari Collins - Nov 8, 2011 at 3:01 PM

        This. Plus, Melky’s career OPS is much lower than that. Sure, he’s healthy and younger, but he’s never been as good as even Beltran’s lesser years, and 2011 looks more like an outlier than a breakthrough.

  8. Vindickative - Nov 8, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    This is totally unsubstantiated. You’ve reflexively regurgitated the fragmented speculations of an East-coaster who lives by the “YankSox Uber Alles” credo. Stupefyingly incredible.

  9. barryshiller - Nov 8, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Craig, very, very uninformed post. Don’t know how much you follow the Giants, but:

    –Beltran did squat his first two weeks after going to SF, then went on DL with hand injury

    –The “hitting well” to which you refer was after it hardly mattered (the Giants had already been overtaken by Arizona)

    –He displaced the Giants’ best defensive outfielder, Nate Schierholtz, and looked like an old fool in the field

    –He arrived acting like royalty, adding another negative element to an already-unstable clubhouse

    San Francisco might well need more than Cabrera, but passing on Beltran is a smart move.

    • paperlions - Nov 8, 2011 at 2:42 PM

      Yeah, 2 weeks is definitely long enough to judge a player’s ability…I’d totally ignore the first 4 months of his season, too.

    • 2010worldchamps - Nov 8, 2011 at 6:58 PM


  10. gsw77 - Nov 8, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    As a Giants fan I’m OK with this. Sure I’d love to have Beltran if money wasn’t an issue, but he is 34 yrs old and has averaged 95 games the last 3 seasons. He always looks like he is one awkward slide away from the DL. The Giants can’t afford another huge contract on a guy that can’t be depended on. His insistence on playing RF is another issue I have with him. I miss seeing Schierholtz and his gun out there. OF isn’t there most pressing need, and I would prefer to see them spend money on a SS or a younger/healthier player. Hopefully the Giants aren’t done dealing, because I can’t face another season of watching this stellar rotation consistently getting L’s while giving up 1 or 2 runs.

  11. foreverchipper10 - Nov 8, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    I hated Beltran in 2004……Ugh.

  12. nineroutsider - Nov 8, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Very happy to hear this as a Giants fan. Wasn’t happy about the trade or the way he rolled into our clubhouse. He didn’t have good clubhouse mojo and I really hated hearing him say, “I would consider signing here if…”

  13. dickclydesdale - Nov 9, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    Beltran had the tools to be a hall of famer, to bad he quit playing when Wainwright through that curvebal that he should have bounced off the shea stadium scoreboard.

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