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Carlos Beltran hasn’t ruled out return to Mets

Oct 5, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

Carlos Beltran still has a job to do with the Cardinals during the postseason, but he didn’t a rule out a return to the Mets when asked by Mike Puma of the New York Post yesterday.

Really, what else is Beltran supposed to say here? He’ll be looking for the best deal possible in free agency this winter, so eliminating an potential landing spot would be silly. Of course, the tail end of Beltran’s tenure in New York was a bit awkward after he had knee surgery against the Mets’ wishes in 2010, but Puma notes that Beltran and Jeff Wilpon chatted at the All-Star Game this year at Citi Field and may have cleared the air on the past.

For what it’s worth, Puma hears that the Mets would consider Beltran in free agency, but have concerns about his declining range in right field. Given that he turns 37 next April and has had knee issues, that’s understandable. Still, the Mets will have money to spend this winter and outfield is an obvious area of need.

Beltran batted .296/.339/.491 with 24 home runs and 84 RBI over 145 games with St. Louis this season. He compiled a .280/.369/.500 batting line to go along with 149 home runs, 559 RBI, and 100 stolen bases in 839 games with the Mets from 2005-2011.

  1. Old Gator - Oct 5, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    I guess Puma ought to be grateful that Beltran didn’t ask him what kind of idiotic question that was when he’s in the middle of a playoff contest for the Cardinals.

    • dickclydesdale - Oct 6, 2013 at 3:53 AM

      The wilpons hare Beltran & do do all the Mets fans. Never go back to an x girlfriend. It just dont work.

      • dickclydesdale - Oct 6, 2013 at 3:56 AM

        *wilpons hate him & so do the mets fans.

  2. drewzducks - Oct 5, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    I guess winning on a regular basis must lose its appeal after a while.

  3. dawgpoundmember - Oct 5, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    He basically said he would talk to the mets if they offered him a contract while he was a free agent, and if they didn’t, he wouldn’t talk to them.

  4. xdj511 - Oct 5, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    In a related story, Bobby Bonilla hasn’t ruled out a return to the Mets, when he was cornered by a reporter and asked a stupid question.

    • Old Gator - Oct 5, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      Kinda makes you wish the Gnats had made the playoffs. What would Bryce have said?

      (Hint: Honk! Honk!)

  5. cadillacjosh - Oct 5, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    I would guess he ends up on a team as a DH. He’d be pretty good out of that spot.

    • cackalackyank - Oct 5, 2013 at 6:28 PM

      Hmm right city, wrong team?

    • gibbyfan - Oct 5, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      I see him back with the Cards for 1 more year at about 15m

  6. jfk69 - Oct 5, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Wait a second..The minute his knees start acting up what happens then with no DH?
    Time does heal old love wounds.Lol…On second thought. Can he play first base?

  7. jimeejohnson - Oct 5, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Rumor has it that Carlos misses the Chinese food in Queens.

  8. fissels - Oct 5, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Carlos should stay away from Citi “Bad Luck” Field

  9. fissels - Oct 5, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Carlos should stay away

  10. jackrabbit56 - Oct 6, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    Well, as long as he takes the bat off his shoulder rather than looking at a called third strike….

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