Last night Carlos Beltran sent a message to all of his detractors with a absolute bomb which cleared the Shea Bridge . He went 2-4 with a stolen base and three RBIs. For the season Carlos is hitting .286 ( 4 points higher than his career average) with a club leading 10 home runs and 43 runs batted in. Not bad for a player who many had slated to be a part time outfielder.
Carlos has defied everyone’s expectations . He has played in almost every game this season, and it seems like he is getting stronger by the day. Other than Jose Reyes, Beltran has been the most consistent player on this seasons Mets roster.
I feel that it won’t be hard for Sandy Alderson to find a willing trade partner to take Carlos Beltran off his hands. But the question that remains is – Will Sandy trade Beltran before the seasons out -or might he be bold enough to try to wring every last penny out of hBeltran;s contract until it expires after this season.
I know that Beltran cannot be offered arbitration by the Mets when the season is over, which also means the Mets don’t get any draft compensation for him if and when he signs with another team. But it is still unclear when both Ike Davis and David Wright will return this season.
If Beltran is dealt before Wright and Davis returns, it would surely create a void in an already anemic offense. Beltran this season has shattered the impression that he is a “selfish” player. He ceded his spot as the everyday center fielder to Angel Pagan without nary a peep. He has taken the younger players under his wing as the elder statesman of this team – like he did with Wright and Reyes in his first Spring training with the Mets.
Let’s face it Beltran is not a high priced non contributing castoff. He is a important cog to this team at this point in time.
The question remains is if Sandy is looking for wins and respectability for when the season is out which in return gives us the fan something to rally around - or his he hoping for a balanced payroll ledger ?
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Middle reliever from ’65-’66, Larry Miller is 74 (1937) .
Third baseman for the ’71 Mets, Bob Aspromonte is 73 (1938) . He was one of the legendary members of the Brooklyn Dodgers, but he was way past his prime by the time he came to the Mets.
Middle reliever from the ’07 season, Bob Gibson is 54 (1957). He pitched one inning of one game that season and was never heard from again.
First baseman from the ’05 season, Doug Mientkiewicz is 37 (1974) . He will always be better known for refusing to give back the game winning ball from the ’04 World Series ( when he was a Red Sox) than his lone season with the Mets.
Starting pitcher from ’01-’02, Bruce Chen is 34 (1977). Believe it or not this mediocre pitcher is finding sucess ten years later with the Kansas City Royals.
Spot starter/middle reliever from the ’08 season, Claudio Vargas is 33 (1978). He last pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers in ’09.
The New York Mets released pitcher, Gary Gentry on June 19, 1975. Gentry was the forgotten pitcher in the great Mets rotations form ’69-’72. He along with reliever, Danny Frisella were traded to the Atlanta Braves for second baseman, Felix Millan and pitcher, George Stone. Gentry spent two season with the Braves. He tried making a comeback with the Mets in ’75, but he was past his prime.
The New York Mets traded minor league pitcher, Brian Givens to the Seattle Mariners for back up infielder, Mario Diaz on June 19, 1990.
Mo Vaughn would never be caught dead at a convention of Vegan cross-dressers ( not that there is anything wrong with that …) !