Ken Davidoff of Newsday believes there is a strong liklihood Carlos Beltran will be traded this winter.
Davidoff says the Mets are sending “strong signals” they badly want to unload Beltran, but it remains to be seen as to whether or not they would be willing to “pay the freight” to deal him.
That said, Davidoff suggests there could be strong interest in Beltran this winter from the Cardinals and the Red Sox, should the Mets be willing to pay a portion of the $18.5 million remaining on his contract for next season.
I think Beltran goes only if the Mets pay A LOT of what’s owed, and not just a few million…I could definitely see him back with the Mets next season, and if that’s the case, I’m hoping he moves to one of the corner outfield spots which would allow them to maximize Angel Pagan’s defensive talents.
Part of me wants the Mets to deal Beltran because that part feels such a move is what’s best for the short term future of the organization, but part of me also wants him back, because if he can get his legs strong and healthy, I think he could have a big year in his walk year next season.
The thing is, I can’t see any team right now that would be willing to put Beltran in centerfield because of his clear cut reduced range out there…
For more on Beltran, and others from around the league which Davidoff believes could be traded, check out Newsday here.