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Mets willing to pick up Beltran's salary

Posted on: July 18, 2011 8:51 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2011 11:29 pm
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Carlos BeltranBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The willingness to spend money isn't just important to the buyers at trade deadline time -- a loose pocketbook can also help sellers.

It could really help the Mets, who have outfielder Carlos Beltran available to interested parties. And because the Mets are willing to pay the remainder of his $18.5 million contract this season, the team can ask for more talent in return.

"From what I gather, they are asking a lot for him because they are willing to pick up all of his salary," a source told ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin.

Beltran would be due nearly $6 million on July 31, but if the team takes on that money, they can possibly get a top-tier prospect in return, something they didn't get for closer Francisco Rodriguez in last week's trade with the Brewers.

Beltran will be a rental, but if the rent is cheap, more teams may be interested. Among those teams would be the Diamondbacks, Pirates, Red Sox, Phillies, Braves and Angels.

Some teams, however, would rather give up money than prospects. Andrew Baggarley of the San Jose Mercury News writes that the Giants would rather pay in dollars instead of players. The Tigers would also prefer to pay cash, Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes, as would the Indians, CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler notes.

Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman reports the Mets don't expect Beltran to pass through waivers in August, so if he's going to be traded, it'll be this month. The Mets are 8.5 games behind the Braves in the National League East, but don't have any games against either the Braves or Phillies before July 31. 

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Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 12:08 pm
 

Mets willing to pick up Beltran's salary

*** Make that the Mets to the Phillies ***



Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 12:06 pm
 

Mets willing to pick up Beltran's salary

Just to support the inter division trade arguement: Lenny Dykstra went from the Phillies to the Mets and the impact was significant. 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 19, 2011 12:00 pm
 

Mets willing to pick up Beltran's salary

Argo444.  Nice post.  I guess I shouldn't say "never" when predicting they wouldn't trade him to the Phillies but here's a question for you. Why trade him to the Phillies within the division if a few teams from outside the division show interest?   The more I think about this I honestly believe they'll get plenty of good offers from others they won't need to get serious with Philadelphia....

I know you didn't comment about Reyes, but what do you think? Do the Mets wait until after the season and settle for draft picks instead of trading him to the highest bidder in the next week or two?  I'll be blown away if that happens but obviously a lot of Mets fans on these boards think I'm nuts and believe he's not getting traded.... 



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: July 19, 2011 11:19 am
 

Mets willing to pick up Beltran's salary

redwings1969 (11:22 p.m.), although I don't disagree with most of your post as much as some of the others here do, I do have to quibble with one point of yours that I haven't seen anyone else respond to:
They'll never trade him to the Phillies.... anybody outside the division is fine but never to a division rival.
I'm not at all saying they will wind up trading him to the Phillies or other division team, but I should point out that the Mets have a number of times made trades within the division in recent years--e.g., with the Marlins (Jacobs et al. for Delgado), with the Braves (Church for Francoeur), and I think with the Nats, though admittedly I can't think of any with the Phillies themselves--and that was when the Mets were contenders for the division title, unlike now.  Now, you can say those trades were under Minaya or whoever, but unless you've specifically heard that Alderson has a different policy, you can't assume they've adopted a different policy.  Also, why would the Mets care about trading a rental player to the Phillies for a third of this season?  They're not going to catch the Phillies this season anyway or even win the Wild Card.  Are you saying you're afraid the Phils will sign him long term?  (a) I doubt they would; and (b) even if they did want to, they could try to sign him in free agency at the end of the season whether they trade for him now or not.
With the Phillies approaching the luxury tax threshold, they are probably one of the teams most interested in saving money at this point rather than players, and they do have some decent pitchers in the lower minors; unfortunately they don't have much in the way of position players at any of the minor-league levels, in case that's what the Mets are looking for.
Bottom line, I agree that Beltran will probably wind up somewhere other than Philadelphia, but to suggest otherwise is certainly not a "joke" as you seem to think.



Since: Jul 9, 2011
Posted on: July 19, 2011 10:34 am
 

Mets willing to pick up Beltran's salary

The Central Division is there for the team that steps up and makes a couple adds! Come on Tribe, DO IT!!!



Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 10:08 am
 

Mets willing to pick up Beltran's salary

First of all, when the Mets signed Carlos Beltran as a free agent, it was a terrible deal, for the Mets.

No it wasn't.  Have you been paying attention?

He should have stayed with the Astros, where the ball park was better suited for him.

And accomplished what, exactly?  No more than what he did as a Met, and probably considerably less.



Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 8:04 am
 

Mets willing to pick up Beltran's salary

First of all, when the Mets signed Carlos Beltran as a free agent, it was a terrible deal, for the Mets. He should have stayed with the Astros, where the ball park was better suited for him. He's been injured a lot, which doesn't help. So, he's not the center fielder he once was and isn't much of a stolen base threat.

Of course the Mets will eat his contract to get a better player...it's good business. That's why teams want to pay cash instead of top talent. Beltran is only a shadow of his former self, so I think the Mets will be lucky to get a top prospect. Not sure the Red Sox need hitting...they are loaded. Braves and Phillies are definitely in the running. We'll see at the end of July.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2011 3:53 am
 

Mets willing to pick up Beltran's salary

If Carlos Beltran plays the second half of the season with his new team like he did with the NY Mets in the first half then there is no doubt that he would help the Arizona Diamondbacks the most. If he plays for the D-backs the rest of the way then he would definitely get them the NL West crown for sure and you can count on that because now the D-backs need a power bat and Beltran would be that guy hopefully in a cheap way.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2011 3:53 am
 

Mets willing to pick up Beltran's salary

If Carlos Beltran plays the second half of the season with his new team like he did with the NY Mets in the first half then there is no doubt that he would help the Arizona Diamondbacks the most. If he plays for the D-backs the rest of the way then he would definitely get them the NL West crown for sure and you can count on that because now the D-backs need a power bat and Beltran would be that guy hopefully in a cheap way.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 3:35 am
 

Mets willing to pick up Beltran's salary

oh also wings69, did u even read the article.....if the METS pick up the rest of his salary in a trade, they will get wayyyyy more then if the team they trade him to has to pick up the 6 mil.....thats kind of obvious


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