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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