Adam Rubin of ESPN.com was 1st to tweet this morning that Carlos Beltran "has told New York Mets manager Terry Collins that he is ready to make the switch from center to right field when he is healthy enough to play defense."When asked by Steve Popper why he made the decision to move to Right Field Beltran said,
“I still believe I can play centerfield,” Beltran said. “But I need time, I need more time. This will make it easier for Angel. It will take it off of his mind and let him make the transition.”David Wright had this to say regarding Beltran's decision.
"Any time you get a guy that's accomplished what Carlos has accomplished, and done the kind of things that Carlos has done in this game, to be that guy that really sees the big picture and sees what's best for this team and does something like that, it makes you want to go out there and really play united and play as a team,"....That's probably takes a lot coming from a guy that's really accomplished what he's accomplished. Carlos wouldn't have done it if he didn't feel comfortable doing it. I just think it's a very selfless act. Like I said, baseball players have a lot of pride. To be able to kind of swallow that pride and look at what's best for the team and make that decision, says a lot about what Carlos is trying to accomplish here."