Red Sox Worked Hard on Beltran Before Signing Crawford

“It’s intriguing to watch teams formulate contingency plans in the event they can’t get their first choice. The Red Sox did a ton of work on Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Beltran and also explored a deal with Washington for Josh Willingham before they were able to land Carl Crawford.” writes Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

During the winter meetings, Peter Gammons of MLB Network said the Mets could be interested in moving Beltran and roughly $10 million of his salary in order to free up money to acquire pitching, and there were multiple reports indicating the Mets and Red Sox were talking about a trade for Carlos Beltran, but in the end, nothing materialized.

At this point, the Mets really have nothing to lose by holding onto Beltran into 2011. His value is very low right now, but if he can prove he’s healthy and can stay on the field, I think he’ll be a major contributor for the Mets. They could look to deal him if he’s producing and the team is out of contention towards the trade deadline, and at least get something for him instead of letting his contract expire.

Per the contract he signed with the Mets prior to the 2005 season, the Mets cannot offer Beltran arbitration when the deal expires, meaning the Mets cannot net any draft picks from his new team in the June 2012 draft, whether he is ranked as a Type A or Type B free agent next winter.

For more on Beltran, plus other buzz, check out the Boston Globe.