Tag:Carlos Beltran
Posted on: September 18, 2010 3:10 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2010 6:59 pm

Beltran will not move out of CF

Carlos Beltran
Longtime center fielder Torii Hunter moved to right field earlier in the season to make room for Peter Bourjos.

Could another center fielder be on the move?

Not so fast, Carlos Beltran says, while admitting a move is likely inevitable.

"Later in my career, I probably will think about switching, but now I don't have to make that decision," Beltran told the New York Post , brushing aside the idea that a move to right or left field for 2011 could save his surgically-repaired knees.

However, a move to the corners could benefit the Mets as Angel Pagan, clearly deserving of being a starter, also prefers center field.

And the rub -- plays better in center than Beltran.

"That's my position," Pagan said of center field. "Since I signed, I've been playing center field pretty much my whole minor league career and I feel comfortable in center."

Hitting .294/.346/.436 in his first full season as a starter, the 28-year-old also has proven to be one of the better fielders up the middle in the game while Beltran has turned from a three-time Gold Glover into a liability.

Beltran's not having any of it, though.

"I'm a center fielder, too," Beltran said. "That's what I feel comfortable doing, too. [Pagan is] able to play right or left. The most important thing is he's able to play every day."

Stubborn? Perhaps, but do you really expect any different? To succeed, baseball players have to be stubborn.

But Beltran's not without his reasons, feeling that he can improve in center next season as his legs improve and get further and further away from surgery conducted in the offseason that knocked him out of big-league action until July 15.

"When you make a decision like that, you have to be 100 percent sure it's the right thing, and I'm not at that point," Beltran said. "I just haven't been able to be healthy this year."

For now, the Mets won't try to push Beltran out of his home, but manager Jerry Manuel cautioned that Beltran eventually won't have a choice.

"A lot of guys have shifted to one of the corners," Manuel warned. "That has to be part of [Beltran's] thinking process. Not necessarily now, but at some point."

Beltran has $18.5 million left on his seven-year, $119 million deal, but given clashes with the organization over his surgery and his slow return (.237/.332/.379 in 223 PA), it has been thought that New York may trade Beltran in the offseason.

That's one way to take care of the center field problem.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 8, 2010 1:37 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2010 1:38 pm

Mets players skip hospital visit

If you've got a job, you know that sometimes things that aren't "mandatory" really are.

The Mets visited Walter Reed Army Medical Center on Tuesday, a tradition tied to the Wilpon family's history of support for veterans. Well, most of the Mets went. Luis Castillo, Oliver Perez and Carlos Beltran skipped it. All are overpaid, all have another year on their contracts, and all are in contentious relationships with the team. In other words, this winter all three will be found in that bin at the end of the meat case with those orange "manager's special" stickers on them.

"You'd like to see everybody," David Wright said to the New York Daily News regarding his missing teammates. "I don't think it's big enough until you get everybody. "

David Lennon of Newsday reports that management was "very, very angry" about players skipping the event.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 30, 2010 10:28 pm

Mets' Perez plays, allows a HR

Oliver Perez Oliver Perez's 25-game streak of games without an appearance ended Monday in Atlanta.

It was the longest such streak in the majors this season, according to Elias Sports Bureau, and it didn't take two pitches to remind Jerry Manuel why he hasn't called on the lefty more often as Brian McCann put Perez's second pitch deep into the right field seats.

In fairness, it was the only hit he gave up (along with two walks) in his inning of work. Perez's ERA now stands at 6.75.

The Mets new general manager will have to decide what to do about Perez after the season. He's owed $12 million for next season and that's a lot of money just to eat on a single player, but a roster spot for someone you're not going to use could end up costing much more than $12 million.

Of course, whoever that new GM is (and there's nothing definitely about Minaya yet, but if the writing isn't not he wall, Fred Wilpon certainly has the cap of the pen off as he sits in his stall deciding what to write) may be handcuffed with some of the worst contracts in baseball. The team will owe Carlos Beltran $18.5 million next season, Francisco Rodriguez is owed $11.5 million (plus has an option for 2012) and Jason Bay is singed through 2013 for nearly $60 million. The team also has to decide on Jose Reyes' $11 million option, though it's unlikely they'd decline it.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 10, 2010 8:48 pm

Beltran has cleared waivers

Carlos Beltran Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran cleared waivers on Monday, FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi reports , but a full no-trade clause and more than $24 million left on his contract makes that unlikely.

Beltran is under contract for $18.5 million next season.

Beltran had knee surgery in January and didn't return to the Mets until July 15.

Since returning, he's struggled, hitting .195/.300/.312 with one home run and seven RBI in 22 games. Angel Pagan played well in center with Beltran gone and is hitting .311/.370/.475 with nine homers and 50 RBI entering Tuesday's game.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 5, 2010 9:56 am

Beltran to corner? Not yet

Carlos Beltran Carlos Beltran doesn't look like the Beltran of old in center field these days. Not that it's surprising -- the guy is 33 and coming off major knee surgery, wearing a brace in the field.

It's a situation in which you'd expect an outfielder to make the inevitable late-career move to one of the corner positions (the Angels recently forced 35-year-old Torii Hunter to right), and that day is surely coming for Beltran. But not, according to manager Jerry Manuel, this season.

“I think there will be a time in his career when that might be an issue,” Manuel told reporters Wednesday night. “Do I think that time is now? No, I don’t think it’s now. We’re in August here. Will we look at this and say where are we better going into spring training? Possibly. We’ll look at it and see what fits best for us, or whomever, going into spring training. That will be the place to introduce it or get it done.”

Runners appear to be challenging Beltran, and on Monday two Braves batters turned what should have been long singles into left-center into doubles. The New York Times said the coaching staff talked with Beltran about those plays.

“I just think he’ll have to stop them from taking a long single and making it into a double,” Manuel said. “That has to be his mind-set, and we remind him of that. We reminded him the other night, both of them. You’ve got to get the ball in. You’ve got to get it in.”

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 22, 2010 11:53 am
Edited on: July 22, 2010 11:54 am

Mets shopping Francoeur

Jeff Francoeur The return of Carlos Beltran has given the Mets four potential starting outfielders, and Jeff Francoeur, coming off the bench for the first time in his career, appears to be the odd man out.

According to several reports, the Mets are looking for a trade partner to take Francoeur. Teams that have shown interest in adding an outfielder include the Giants, Red Sox, Padres and Rays.

A friend of Francoeur told the New York Post that he would welcome a trade if it gave him a chance to play every day.

Francoeur, who batted .311 last season, has fallen off badly this season (.243/.295/.378). He's not likely to represent much of an upgrade as an everyday starter for many teams, but the Mets might find a taker.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 15, 2010 1:59 pm

Beltran return creates OF questions

Carlos Beltran The Mets will have the welcome sight of Carlos Beltran back in the outfield Thursday night, but the five-time All-Star brings some lineup challenges with his powerful bat.

Beltran has yet to play this season after January surgery on his right knee, and missed much of the 2009 season because of the knee. He won't play every day initially, but when he's ready, that leaves manager Jerry Manuel trying to juggle four outfielders: Beltran, Jason Bay, Angel Pagan and Jeff Francoeur.

The Mets haven't been great offensively -- they're ninth in the National League in runs -- but center field has been the least of their worries, with Angel Pagan filling in marvelously (.315/.372/.473, 40 RBI, 19 stolen bases).

When Beltran is ready to play every day, Francoeur, batting .253, could be the odd man out as Pagan plays regularly in right. Francoeur, batting .303 against left-handed starters, should get some starts against lefties, though the switch-hitting Pagan is no slouch (.283) against left-handers either.

At any rate, working in a player the caliber of Beltran into the lineup is a problem most teams would love to have.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 3, 2010 3:28 pm

Beltran improving, Reyes not

Carlos Beltran The Mets may have Carlos Beltran back in their lineup before Jose Reyes.

Reyes, bothered by a right oblique injury, isn't in the lineup for Saturday's game against Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals and his status for Sunday's game doesn't look great, as he skipped both batting and infield practice on Saturday, the (Newark) Star-Ledger 's Andy McCullough writes .

Meanwhile, McCullough notes Beltran will be re-evaluated on Sunday and could be back by the start of Monday's series against Cincinnati. However, manager Jerry Manuel noted it may be best to wait until after the All-Star break for Beltran's return.

"We're anxious to have him back, Manuel said. "But at the same time, we have to be careful and probably somewhat cautious that we don't have any type of set-back."

Beltran has been playing in minor-league games for the last week, hitting .423/.448/.538 in seven games and 26 at-bats at Single-A St. Lucie.

"Right now I feel good, so far so good," Beltran told the Naples News . "The knee is reacting well. Just being able to be outside and play the game and being on base. I'm just looking forward to taking the next step."

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