Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran is eligible to be a free agent this winter and he said he would not rule out a return to the Mets, the New York Post’s Mike Puma recently reported on Twitter.
According to Puma, the Mets would consider reuniting with Beltran, however they remain concerned about his diminishing range in the outfield.
Sandy Alderson ended Beltran’s tenor with the Mets by trading him to the Giants for Zack Wheeler during the summer of 2011. However, the year before, Beltran chose to have arthroscopic knee surgery, which came as a surprise to then-GM Omar Minaya and COO Jeff Wilpon. The decision created tension between the front office and player that reportedly did not cover to the new GM, but may have lingered with ownership.
However, Puma reports that Wilpon and Beltran had a chat during the All-Star game and may have patched up some old wounds.
Michael Baron, ContributorI’ll believe it when I see it. That doesn’t take my appreciation for how good Beltran is. He is one of the best players to ever play for the Mets, he played through a lot of pain over the years – especially towards the end of his tenure with the Mets – and he was one of the most graceful outfielders I’ve seen while in his prime. But, aside from the past controversies between Beltran and the club, he’s a diminished outfielder at this point, and that could prove problematic on an everyday basis at Citi Field.