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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
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'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, 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: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 3:32 am

Mets willing to pick up Beltran's salary are wayyyyyyyy off on Reyes.....i guess you have followed things to well. The Mets are NOT trading can take THAT to the bet you anythinggggggg on that......If they lose him at the end of the year, that is possible, but with Krod gone and Beltran soon, i believe the Mets will re-sign Reyes.....and the last poster is right, with his hammy's no way teams are gonna break the bank for him and the Mets will make a nice offer, and the fact is he likes playing here. but 99% that he will not be traded

Since: Jul 13, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2011 12:26 am

Mets willing to pick up Beltran's salary

Redwings1969 , I don't believe for one min. that you have a clue about Beltrans situation in NY. You obviously don't know Beltran if you think he's due more money than the Mets can afford next season. Beltran is in decline which is why he no longer plays CF. He hits a career avg. .282 . Any team that pays him 8 mil+ for more than 1 season is taking a risk. Your statement "They want gm's and especially Phili to believe this so they can drive the price up..... " makes absolutley no sense at all. They are talking about eating his whole salary. That price is set already , you can't drive it higher or lower.

As for Reyes, your thoughts are way off track. He's definetley not worth Crawford money. He's got MVP talent no doubt but the balky hamstring issues are why teams won't risk that much. Plus he loves the Mets and the fans want him resigned. So nobody is lying about anything.

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: July 19, 2011 12:22 am

Mets willing to pick up Beltran's salary

Mets are 8.5 games out of first and santana hasent played all year. We might have been in the mix with him healthy. But I am a mets fan and I will beleive it when i see it.

Since: Apr 10, 2010
Posted on: July 18, 2011 11:43 pm

Mets willing to pick up Beltran's salary

The Mets are trading Beltran this week, no doubt about it. They are not trading Reyes. If they lose him to free agency theyll get some nice draft picks. They would rather lose in free agency than lose fan base by trading him. They will trade Pelfrey too.

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: July 18, 2011 11:31 pm

Mets willing to pick up Beltran's salary

Except the Phillies are dead-set on not adding salary, which means not having to pick up Beltran's salary makes the Phillies a trade candidate more than they would be for another bat that is out there.  Now the intra-division thing is a problem, but the Phillies and Mets aren't rivals...more like the IronPigs and Mets.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 18, 2011 11:22 pm

Mets willing to pick up Beltran's salary

The Mets are lying.... of course they have to pretend they are willing to pick up the rest of Beltran's contract.  If they don't make people believe they're willing to burn for the money nobody is going to trade anything of value for the guy.  In my opinion there isn't a chance in hell the Mets keep Beltran.... not a chance in hell.   He's a free agent after this season and he's going to make a lot more money then the Mets are willing to pay him, that's why they haven't already signed him to an extension.   Why would they pay Beltran the remaining money left in his deal just to let him go for basically nothing after the season?  And the fact they are pretending the Phillies are in the running as well makes this an even bigger joke.  They'll never trade him to the Phillies.... anybody outside the division is fine but never to a division rival.  They want gm's and especially Phili to believe this so they can drive the price up..... 

Same goes for Reyes, but that one is even more obvious.  Reyes already told the Mets he won't speak to them about a contract for the rest of this season.  If he was to become an UFA he's going to command massive dollars.. probably more then Crawford did in Boston.  Why would the Mets let him go for basically nothing after the year when they could trade him now?  They even tried to lie when they let a story "leak" out that they are supposedly talking to Reyes about a new deal....  This again was to drive up the price, nothing more nothing less.

Beltran and Reyes will have new homes in less then 2 weeks... bank on it.  

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: July 18, 2011 10:05 pm

Mets willing to pick up Beltran's salary

Bad news for the Yanks: looks like the Sux have to be considered front-runners.  (That's also eventually bad news for the Phillies.)

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