On this date in 2005, the Mets signed Carlos Beltran to a seven-year, $119MM deal. There's just one season left on Beltran's contract, so if he wants to rebuild his value before hitting the market as a 34-year-old, he'll have to perform in 2011. Here are some notes on Beltran's teammates…
- Ryota Igarashi is currently on outright waivers, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. The Mets designated the right-hander for assignment last week. GM Sandy Alderson suggested this week that no team is likely to claim Igarashi and his $1.75MM salary. If he clears waivers, the reliever will battle for a spot on the team as a non-roster invitee.
- Chris Capuano, whose arrival forced Igarashi off of the team's 40-man roster, has a strange platoon split. As FanGraphs' Dave Allen explains, Capuano induces far more ground balls against lefties than he does against righties.
- Jose Reyes' agent, Peter Greenberg, repeated to MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez this week that his client wants to stay in New York. The sides haven’t made progress on a potential extension for the shortstop, who is on track to hit free agency after 2011.