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Beltran's concerns: pitching, DH

Posted on: July 21, 2011 5:26 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2011 5:36 pm
 
Carlos BeltranBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The biggest thing to remember with Carlos Beltran is that the veteran still has full no-trade protection, so he's not going to go anywhere he doesn't want to go.

Speaking to David Lennon of the Newsday, Beltran said there are two big factors that will influence his stay-or-go decision: 1. the quality of the pitching staff of his new team and 2. the designated hitter, and his desire not to play that position.

Now, Beltran said that doesn't necessarily mean he will veto a trade to the American League, but it's something to keep in mind.

"Right now, if it happens that I have to choose between one of the two (Red Sox or Phillies), then I have to sit down, and say you know what, the decision will be based more on the chances of being able to say they have a good pitching staff," Beltran told Lennon. "Remember, baseball is about pitching, so you want to be on a team where they have a good pitching staff, because those are the guys that are going to get you to the playoffs."

And advance you in the playoffs.

Beltran also noted that he feels his knees are in good enough shape to make a long run into October. He's played in 93 of 98 the Mets' games this season.

On Thursday, Beltran played in what may have been his last game as a Met at Citi Field, flying out to left in the ninth inning of a 6-2 loss to the Cardinals. He received a loud ovation before his at-bat and even received some applause as he jogged back to the dugout.

"I heard the fans cheering," Beltran told the Associated Press. "It was great. Let's hope I can come back."

Beltran was 0 for 3 with a walk, extending his streak of reaching base safely to 27 games.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:33 am
 

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Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2011 11:02 pm
 

Beltran's concerns: pitching, DH

When Beltran says he thinks his knees are good enough to "hold up" for the rest of the season, that should cause one to pause, especially for a two month rental and what the Mets are demanding in return. On top of that, recent history with the Braves has shown that when they trade for offensive help at, or around, the trade deadline (see Lee and Gonzales last season), the guys bats seem to go in the toilet once they hit Hotlanta.

Maybe it's coincidence, maybe its Atlanta's Hitting Coach(es) since Don Baylor left, but regardless of the reason, trading a top tier up-and-coming pitcher prospect for a two month rental of a outfielder who has a history of injuries, and he's already insinuating there may be knee problems? I think I'll pass and take my chances with my guys coming off the disabled list or picking up someone else who may be available.



Since: Jul 2, 2011
Posted on: July 22, 2011 12:21 am
 

Beltran's concerns: pitching, DH

Of the teams that would benefeit from a trade for Beltran,i would think the Braves would
be a great fit they lack right hand punch with all there left handed bats the pitching staff
is deep so they could trade a SP and they have what Beltran is looking for, there in contention
are a NL team and have the 2nd best pitching staff in the NL behind the phils and are deep
enough to pull it off ,,,just might be the bat the Braves need to make a run ,,,


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