Thursday, December 8, 2011

Free Agent Carlos Beltran Has Few Suitors

Late last night, SI's Jon Heyman reported that Carlos Beltran remains both unsigned and for the most part, unwanted as the winter meetings come to a close.

Beltran, who was dealt to the San Francisco Giants, by the Mets last July for top pitching prospect, Zack Wheeler is finding it difficult to find a new home due to his injury history. After leading the Mets in games played prior to the trade, Beltran made two trips to the DL for the Giants who failed to make the playoffs. He now finds himself out in San Francisco for that, and financial reasons as Giants GM, Brian Sabean, stated that the team has reached the limits of its budget.

While his services would likely come at a steep discount now, I don't see the Mets and Beltran being a fit for one another at this point. Carlos, who had his best year offensively since 2008 last year, is simply declining due to a variety of knee ailments. While he may still be a better defensive outfielder than Lucas Duda, bringing Beltran back to the team would prevent Duda's development as the Mets hope he can mature defensively out in right field.

I feel bad for Beltran to a point, as he worked very hard to get back last season and had a quality year, batting .300 with 22 HR and 84 RBI. However, baseball is a business as we know so well and as a Scott Boras client, Carlos will likely be seeking top dollar. Unfortunately for him, there just aren't many teams looking to dish out top dollar to a 35 year old (in April) outfielder at this point.