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Rangers interested in Mets' K-Rod, Beltran

Posted on: June 27, 2011 2:14 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2011 2:27 pm
 
Carlos Beltran

By C. Trent Rosecrans


The Rangers have been on record as looking for bullpen help, and the Mets could be a possible trade partner, SI.com's Jon Heyman tweets.

Heyman notes the Rangers have expressed interest in both Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran and closer Francisco Rodriguez.

Last week Rodriguez noted he'd be fine moving into a setup role for a team that'll be in the playoff hunt, and the first-place Rangers (in a pretty weak division) certainly qualify in that regard.

More interesting is Beltran, who hasn't played center field this season. Last year he started 58 games in center, only to be replaced this season by Angel Pagan. Josh Hamilton has started nine games in center this season and 29 a year ago.

While Hamilton and Nelson Cruz have spent time on the disabled list, the other Rangers outfielders have gotten opportunities, but nobody's taken ahold of it. David Murphy is hitting .233/.310/.317 with four home runs in 226 plate appearances, while his OPS has dropped 179 points from last season. He's played mostly left this season but also center and right. 

The Rangers used three different starters in center field in this past weekend's series against the Mets. Hamilton started there Friday; Craig Gentry started Saturday; and former Met Endy Chavez started Sunday. Add to that, the player who has started the most games in center for the Rangers is Julio Borbon.

Besides Hamilton, of the other three, Chavez is the only one that has a homer (two) this season. All have respectable splits, but none has a long-term track record, much less one that compares to Beltran's.

Beltran is in the final year of his seven-year, $119 million deal with the Mets. He's making $18.5 million this season and has a full no-trade clause.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:45 pm
 

Rangers interested in Mets' K-Rod, Beltran

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Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: June 28, 2011 5:27 pm
 

Rangers interested in Mets' K-Rod, Beltran

Some of this is ridiculous.  Beltran has never been a selfish player nor a malcontent...he has always given his absolute all on and off the field.  The reason he does not run as hard nor slide on close plays is due to his injuries in recent seasons.  His being on the DL does not benefit him nor the Mets, so he plays it safe when it is most sensible to do so.  While trading Beltran makes sense, calling him selfish and/or a malcontent is revisionist history.  



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 28, 2011 1:16 pm
 

Rangers interested in Mets' K-Rod, Beltran

The Rangers are in a win mode and getting K-Rod and Carlos Beltran would be a tremendous boost.  It would seem that Cruz - Hamilton - Beltran would be the most dominating outfield in the AL, maybe the entire league.

Reds61, while the potential for that statement being true is certainly there, I do believe that you would have to acknowledge the probability that it won't live up to that billing.  I would suggest, however, that this projected lineup would certainly be capable of the most injury prone OF in the majors.  Do the Rangers really need another OF to take up a DL spot?  K-Rod would be a huge addition, though.




Since: Apr 11, 2010
Posted on: June 28, 2011 12:05 pm
 

Rangers interested in Mets' K-Rod, Beltran

The Rangers are in a win mode and getting K-Rod and Carlos Beltran would be a tremendous boost.  It would seem that Cruz - Hamilton - Beltran would be the most dominating outfield in the AL, maybe the entire league.  K-Rod would give the Rangers two dominating closers.  I could also see K-R coming in the 8th inning . 



Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: June 28, 2011 9:55 am
 

Rangers interested in Mets' K-Rod, Beltran

Right now the Mets are the ultimate .500 ballclub: .500 against the East, Central, West and AL.  Add together their 2 games under at home and 2 games over on the road and you get .500.  Intersting numbers.  Honestly you can only say that David Wright's and Johan Santana's absences are impacting the team if they were to be performing at their repective All-Star levels.  Wright wasn't hitting when he went on the DL and who knows what we'll get with a surgically repaired Santana.  Unless the Mets can go on a tear and get to at least 10 games over .500 by the first of August they'll be nothing more than a buoy bobbing in the bay the rest of the season.



Since: Apr 29, 2007
Posted on: June 28, 2011 12:57 am
 

Rangers interested in Mets' K-Rod, Beltran

As a Ranger fan I can only hope this does not happen or the Rangers only send marginal, and I am very marginal, prospects to the Mets. Heath Bell and another bullpen arm from San Diego would be more ideal.



Since: Jan 25, 2009
Posted on: June 27, 2011 11:21 pm
 

Rangers interested in Mets' K-Rod, Beltran

The Mets and their fans should be jumping for joy that an team out there would be willing to take either of these 2, let alone both in one deal!!
Classic case of addition by subtraction. Beltran is clearly too old to be considered part of the future in NY. Also, since the Mets are nowhere near being good enought to contend for a playoff spot- why do they need an established closer? This situation makes SO much sense you wonder how the Mets will screw it up!



Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: June 27, 2011 11:09 pm
 

Rangers interested in Mets' K-Rod, Beltran

Last week , and the first-place Rangers (in a pretty weak division) certainly qualify in that regard.

That statement by Francisco Rodriguez was a very strong indicator to me that this deal is imminent and could be going down very soon.

 

Beltran is in the final year of his seven-year, $119 million deal with the Mets. He's making $18.5 million this season and has a full no-trade clause.

The no-trade clause of Carlos Beltran is not the sticking point to the completion of this trade. I believe that the thing that is holding this trade up is that the Texas Rangers, who recently emerged from bankruptcy, want the New York Mets to kick in some money on the remainder of these salaries.

Don't be surprised to see that by this time next week both Beltran and Rodriguez are members of the Texas Rangers.



Since: Nov 4, 2010
Posted on: June 27, 2011 8:40 pm
 

Rangers interested in Mets' K-Rod, Beltran

Dealing Beltran and F-rod would be ideal for the mets - all that matters for them is to retain rejes.  i get it that someone COULD out pay them but at the end of he day they need to put themselves in a position to make the investment to keep him - either way if they offer 110-120 million they will be able to look their fans in the eye and say we know he is the reason you come we tried - to keep beltran and F-Rod and not do that would be crazy


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