Okay here we stand pretty much five days to go before the July 31st non-waiver trade line expires, and the only question that is clouding both the Mets and Carlos Beltran’s future is not whether if he will be traded. It is when and where he will be traded to.
I honestly would just wish that the process would speed itself up already because this is quickly starting to become a media circus – and possibly a distraction to the team. I personally never had a vendetta or a grudge against Beltran. I bought his jersey when he first signed with the Mets just before the ’05 season started. I refused to boo the man when his first year with the team was an exercise in mediocrity. I cheered him hard when he had that career year in ’06 – carrying the Mets along with Delgado, Wright and Reyes into the post season. I cringed at that called third strike from Wainwright – but I felt that there were five more seasons for him to help us take home the World Series trophy.
Alas that never happened. Beltran had excellent seasons for us in ’07 and ’08. Unfortunately in ’09 his knees started to breakdown on him – the result of two bone bruises that eventually had to be surgically repaired. He would be out the first half of last season rehabbing these knees, and upon a rushed return his game was full of rust which is some small respects helped the Mets take a nose dive in the standings. He did find his stride in late August/early September, but by that time the Mets were fighting the Nationals for control of the basement.
Carlos has been an enigma been like a firey pheonix rising from the ashes this season. He has been the most consisyent bat ( other than Reyes) in this lineup, and he seems determined to help this team win – as well as to raise his stock for the upcoming offseason where he will be a free agent ( I was born on a Saturday – but not last Saturday !).
I honestly don’t want to see Carlos go – I think there is some unfinished business that needs to be wrapped up, but I do realize this has been a unhappy marriage between him and the Mets over the past 2-3 seasons.
All I know that is I am getting tired of reading the latest trade rumors and listening to radio reports that team A is interested – but won’t part with prospect B. Or hearing fans and sports radio hosts lauding his efforts, when they wanted to send him out on a rail for a package that would have sent us Gary Matthews Jr and a box of used jock straps.
I don’t care if he is traded to the Braves or the Phillies, the Rangers or the Giants – as long as we get top compensation for the man.
It will hurt me to see him go, yes he wasn’t a “homegrown” Met, but neither was Keith or Carter. I know those were different times and the outcome was way different, but I do believe that Beltran is and was the best hitting as well as fielding outfielder that we had had since Lance Johnson.
But alas the handwriting is on the wall and all things must come to an end. So too shall the Beltran era. I just hope whomever Sandy Alderson gets in return does not turn into a AAAA caliber player like Chris Carter.
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
The New York Mets released emergency starter, Brandon Knight on July 26, 2009. Knight was your typical emergency starter, somewhat impressive in his first start, shaky in his second, and god awful in the two relief appearances that he made in ’08. He found more success playing for the ’09 Team U.S.A baseball team in the Beijing Olympics. He wound up winning a bronze medal if my fading memory serves me right.
Mo Vaughn had 10 bowls of the famous Cincinnati Chili yesterday. Needless to say the hotel that he stayed at was deemed a hazmat biological warfare zone afterwards !