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Mets willing to pick up Beltran's salary

Posted on: July 18, 2011 8:51 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2011 11:29 pm
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Carlos BeltranBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The willingness to spend money isn't just important to the buyers at trade deadline time -- a loose pocketbook can also help sellers.

It could really help the Mets, who have outfielder Carlos Beltran available to interested parties. And because the Mets are willing to pay the remainder of his $18.5 million contract this season, the team can ask for more talent in return.

"From what I gather, they are asking a lot for him because they are willing to pick up all of his salary," a source told ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin.

Beltran would be due nearly $6 million on July 31, but if the team takes on that money, they can possibly get a top-tier prospect in return, something they didn't get for closer Francisco Rodriguez in last week's trade with the Brewers.

Beltran will be a rental, but if the rent is cheap, more teams may be interested. Among those teams would be the Diamondbacks, Pirates, Red Sox, Phillies, Braves and Angels.

Some teams, however, would rather give up money than prospects. Andrew Baggarley of the San Jose Mercury News writes that the Giants would rather pay in dollars instead of players. The Tigers would also prefer to pay cash, Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes, as would the Indians, CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler notes.

Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman reports the Mets don't expect Beltran to pass through waivers in August, so if he's going to be traded, it'll be this month. The Mets are 8.5 games behind the Braves in the National League East, but don't have any games against either the Braves or Phillies before July 31. 

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:48 am
 

Mets willing to pick up Beltran's salary

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Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2011 10:07 pm
 

Mets willing to pick up Beltran's salary

When you are in a big market like NY you don't go off on a 5 year rebuilding plan and trade away every good player you have because then the seats will be empty.  That might fly in a city like Cleveland or Oakland who draw somewhere in the neighborhood of 1.5 million a year but the Mets can draw 3 to 4 million when the goings good.  That means if you want people to come, you have to have names and right now Jose Reyes is the most loved so they will pay him.  IMO they've always had the money, they were just trying to save face in lieu of the Madoff settlement.  Play poor man and see if the dogs (Irving Picard) who are coming, maybe take a little less.  Incidentally, no one is going to take Bay, not with that contract.  Here's another reason why I don't think you'll see a fire sale.  If there's one thing the Wilpons have proven as owners of this franchise its that they always make the better business deal over the better baseball deal.  I actually agree with you and wouldn't mind seeing some new faces around here.  I don't think Reyes will be worth what they will ultimately pay him and they could probably get a whole lot of talent for all these guys.  But that makes too much baseball sense and not enough business sense for the Wilpons.  Go ahead, tell me I'm lying.



Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 6:13 pm
 

Mets willing to pick up Beltran's salary

I don't think its that the Mets don't have the money to pay Jose Reyes.  I think its that they don't want to pay possibly $20 million per year for 5 plus years to an injury prone player on a team that's in the rebuilding stage.  If the Mets can get 3 or more top prospects for Reyes costing the team a total of $1 million then I believe that's the direction the team ownership would like to move in.  The entire league knows that Beltran will not be back with the Mets next season and any team that trades for him knows he will be a rental player.  That being said Beltran has minimal trade value unless the Mets eat the remainder of his 2011 salary if they want some higher end prospects in return via a trade.  The Mets would look pretty dumb if they wait until the waiver period, pay him $4 million more in salary and only get a low end prospect in return.  I doubt the way the Phillies and Braves are playing that the Mets would be able to sneak into the playoffs so don't be surprised if the Mets offer set up a fire sale shortly with names such as Beltran, Reyes, Bay, Wright, and Santana on the list.     



Since: Aug 14, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2011 2:07 pm
 

Mets willing to pick up Beltran's salary

Dykstra went from the Mets to the Phillies in exchange for Juan Samuel. Dykstra took steroids and led the Phillies to the penant in '93, I believe. Once on the Mets Samuel's bat slowed down and he could no longer reach the bad pitches he loved to hit.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: July 19, 2011 1:13 pm
 

Mets willing to pick up Beltran's salary

By the way, thanks for the compliment.  I do appreciate it.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: July 19, 2011 1:03 pm
 

Mets willing to pick up Beltran's salary

redwings--
As to Beltran, I really think it will just come down to the usual--who makes them the best offer?  I just hope it's not the Midgets (my least favorite team for many years).  But I fear it may be.  I'll give you that the Mets may prefer not to trade him within the division all other factors being equal, but I really think that that will be no more than a tiebreaker in this instance.
As to Reyes, I really don't know what to think.  I'm sure they'd much rather have him back than Beltran, and apparently they'd at least get a draft choice or two, unlike with Beltran. And I suppose theoretically they could try to resign him at the end of the season even if they do trade him now--if they can put together the right deal given the owner's financial difficulties.  But it will certainly be more of a black eye to them if they trade Reyes than if they trade Beltran.  I just don't know how these factors will weigh in the club's final analysis.  So you may well be right, but just maybe you're not!  




Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2011 1:00 pm
 

Mets willing to pick up Beltran's salary

This makes absolutely no sense.  It's been reported all season that the Mets may not have the money to keep Reyes.  How and why would they be looking to eat the salary of a player they are looking to trade when they aren't going to get much for him no matter who they trade him to?  They should either trade him for the one or two marginal prospects they can get and rid themselves of the salary to save money for Reyes.  Or, keep him for the remainder of the season in the hopes that they can make a late season run but giving him away and taking on his salary makes no sense.  They have to know they won't get anything much better than if they don't eat the salary.  Teams are not stupid and realize Beltran is a rental.  Who would give up anything of value for that?



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Mets willing to pick up Beltran's salary

Mets are 8.5 games out of first and santana hasent played all year. We might have been in the mix with him healthy. But I am a mets fan and I will beleive it when i see it.

You probably would have been in the mix with Johan until you got to Septemeber. I think we know how the core of this Mets teams performs once they realize the games actually mean something...


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