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Mets move Beltran to right field

Posted on: February 28, 2011 11:40 am
 
Posted by Matt Snyder

A rumor became reality Monday, as the Mets confirmed Carlos Beltran will move to right field this season, leaving Angel Pagan in center.

Reports indicate the idea was Beltran's (via New York Daily News ), as his surgically repaired knee isn't responding quick enough and a move to right will hopefully alleviate the pressure on the knee. Beltran hasn't been able to play yet this spring due to the swelling and discomfort.

The 33 year old is in the final year of his once-gargantuan contract. He played just 64 games last season after only appearing in 81 the previous year. His last full season, 2008, saw excellent numbers, as he went .284/.376/.500 with 27 home runs and 112 RBI. When healthy, Beltran is a quality center fielder, but it appears the move was made to save his legs a bit.

Pagan, 29, did a good job last season in center, even if not great. He hit .290/.340/.425 with 11 home runs and 80 RBI.

It's worth noting that Andy Martino of the Daily News just tweeted manager Terry Collins said, regarding his discussion with Beltran, "it was the most professional conversation I've ever had with a player."

It is an admirable move by Beltran, as many players allow ego to get in the way in these situations. Instead, Beltran made what he thought was the best move for both the team and his recovery.

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Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2011 11:25 pm
 

Mets move Beltran to right field

Don't sleep on Angel Pagan.


I toally agree. I love the guy and drafted him on many of my teams. He hits for average, has some pop and could steal 40 bases. I love his game, attitude and the way he's made himself into a solid MLB player. He's also unbelievably classy.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2011 11:23 pm
 

Mets move Beltran to right field

The guy has been hurt, we was one of the legit 5 tool guys in baseball.  Most players are overpaid, sure, but Beltran was a stud in his heyday. 


He's been hurt, but too often hasn't played through sickness and injuries most players would. Case in point, he missed 5 games with the flu. David Wright had the same flu and played despite throwing up before coming to the plate. That's the difference between a gamer and a soft player like Beltran.

There are too numerous instances where he refused to slide(often @ home) or bust it for the team when he could. He is respected for his skill, but not for his toughness. Wright and others questioned his decison last year to have that surgery and he wasn't welcomed with open arms when he returned.

Beltran was never a stud, but rather a very good player who never, ever lived up to his talent and potential and much of that is because he lacks heart and toughness.

If you look at his 7 years, he had 3 great years, one bad year and 2 years totally wasted by injuries and poor decisions and his part and management's part on how to handle it. He won't make it to August this year. he'll either be on the DL or playing in the AL.  Alas, his legacy will be not swinging @ Wainwright's hook and that pretty much summarizes his entire career. Wasted opportunities and coming up short.

All good things come to an end

It should have come to an end in 2008. That's when the Mets could have broken up their team after the  2nd collapse and Beltran would have been the one leaving town. Staying pat and keeping the core almost destroyed this franchise.


You're unintelligent and unrated.

The former is judgmental on your part, the latter is insignificant.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2011 11:11 pm
 

Mets move Beltran to right field

It is an admirable move by Beltran, as many players allow ego to get in the way in these situations. Instead, Beltran made what he thought was the best move for both the team and his recovery.

What a joke. Carlos Beltran has never done an admirable thing in his life. This is about him and him only. He's playing for his next contract and knows he can't play CF and would only embarrass himself further. His career path is in the AL has a RF/DH and this is why he decided to switch.

Did Beltran care about the team when he got surgery in January knowing he'd miss at least the first 2 months and wound up missing 4? Did he care he was hurting the team when he returned and they went into a tailspin as soon as he was starting in CF again? Did he care abotu the team when he took the last 2 weeks off? Did he care about the team and organization when he skipped the Mets trip to Walter Read to honor the wounded vets and gave some lame excuse? Carlos Beltran cares only about Carlos Beltran. Period.


Pagan, 29, did a good job last season in center, even if not great.

Correction, he did a great job. Angel hit .290, stole 37 bases and knocked in 69 runs, while playing a terrific CF and busting it each and every play.



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2011 5:37 pm
 

Mets move Beltran to right field

You're unintelligent and unrated.

The guy has been hurt, we was one of the legit 5 tool guys in baseball.  Most players are overpaid, sure, but Beltran was a stud in his heyday.  All good things come to an end. 



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2011 4:24 pm
 

Mets move Beltran to right field

Carlos Beltran is overrated and overpaid. The Mets should sue to recoup the money they invested in him. It's OK to be overpaid, but at the very least he should be able to get on the field and attempt to earn his money. As in most "real jobs" if you don't show up for work you don't get paid. So why is it different for pro athletes? Perhaps if athletes were only paid when they actually played then maybe we would have fewer athletes "pretend" to be injured. "Coach...I sprained my pinkie/big toe, I can't play next week." "That's OK son...rest up and heal as quick as you can. In the mean time you won't get paid for any games missed."



Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2011 3:23 pm
 

Mets move Beltran to right field

I got excited for a moment.  I thought it said "Mets move Beltran..."  as in to another club.  We can't get that albatross off our roster fast enough!



Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2011 2:45 pm
 

Mets move Beltran to right field

well lets hope we dont have another collision like Beltran and Cameron did in 05....but its definately the right move.  the way i look at it is if Torii Hunter can move anyone can move



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2011 2:21 pm
 

Mets move Beltran to right field

His next move should be sending Ollie home; not to the bullpen, not to the minors....cut him and release him.  We'll eat the cash if we have to.




Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2011 2:17 pm
 

Mets move Beltran to right field

If this was, in fact, Beltran's suggestion, then that's a very good sign.  Many Mets fans have been critical of Beltran's ego & if Carlos is finally realizing that this move makes sense for the team (& for him), then we can all now move past the behind the scenes nonsense & concentrate on rooting for a potentially killer outfield of Bay in left, Pagan in center, & Beltran in right.  Here's to keeping them all healthy.



Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2011 2:13 pm
 

Mets move Beltran to right field

Don't sleep on Angel Pagan.  I had him on my fantasy team last year and, despite not having the best power numbers, his average and RBI's really helped keep me afloat.  I think his upside is huge and that he will be even better this year.  If he's on the board in later rounds definitely give Angel the nod.  The Mets had so much go wrong the last two years, I would also expect their season to go better because the injury bug cannot be that bad again.  It just can't....


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