Agent Scott Boras says Carlos Beltran could pursue jobs as a center fielder or as a right fielder after the season, but don't expect the five-time All-Star to DH. Boras told Andy Martino of the New York Daily News that most teams would have room in their outfields for Beltran.
“Carlos Beltran is a great athlete, and I find it hard to believe that there would be three outfielders on a major league team that would match Carlos on a level to suggest he would be DH,” Boras said.
Beltran missed considerable playing time with knee issues last year and said yesterday that he'll move to right field to accomodate the Mets and Angel Pagan, who put together a strong season in 2010, when Beltran played just 64 games.
In 13 big league seasons, Beltran has appeared in three games as a right fielder and in two more as a left fielder. Boras says his client has the athleticism to return to center field in 2012, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. The 33-year-old has not yet decided whether to pursue jobs as a center fielder or as a right fielder when he hits free agency this fall.
Hmm…I wonder if Borass is positioning himself to kick off a Mets fire sale early, with Beltrán leading off?
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This seems odd. First “bad” move by Boras I’ve seen in a while. Why even throw the words “Designated Hitter” out there? The only banter I’ve heard about Beltran was whether he would play CF or RF. Boras could better position Beltran if he kept the rhetoric to deciding between those two positions. Now that he mentions DH, people will wonder if he is even able to play ANY of those outfield positions. Not smart, in my opinion.
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“Boras: Beltran Is An Outfielder, Not A DH”
In response Beltran’s knee said: “I think I may be somewhat ready to finally getting close to being 75% sure that I’m 100% healthy…I think”.
Move to RF, Carlos… you’re 33 and you’ve earned it. There’s no shame.
Already done. He announced it yesterday!
Yep but he’s still not 100 percent, still isn’t hitting from the left side without his lovely brace, and limps around all day. Says he’ll be 100 percent by opening day, but he also said he’d be 100 percent for spring training. Starting to wonder how reliable this guys knee is. He may or not be a good player, but it’s been soooo long since I’ve seen him play a solid game that i’m starting to have my doubts.
I mean permanently, in his next “job pursuit”. You know, like this article is about…
Aw, how thoughtful of you!
Anybody feel close enough to the Mets to predict the odds of Beltran being in a Mets uniform next year? Just curious…
I think most fans with more than just a passing interest are pretty much convinced that he’s outta here – and probably won’t even make it to the end of the season in a Mets uni.
Albert Pujols: I am a Cardinal, Not a Cub.
I expect the Mets to be holding a sale at the deadline with everything half off. I’ve never seen a team with a huge payroll in such a bad situation, they will probably be sitting in last place in the division. Beltran and Reyes could probably still be a big boost to a team, Reyes much more so than Beltran, but if he’s healthy, he can hit and field.
4 days into the Grapefruit and Borass is talking up Carlos for next year? Hey Scotty, this is just a guess but I’m thinking an extension ain’t comin’ from the Mets anytime soon.
No one will want him cause He’ll be on crutches by the end of the year.
Um…Beltran is whatever the team that signs him wants him to be…
“Hmm…do I sign a new deal in 2012 to play 10 games and break my body in right field, or do I sign a new deal in 2012 to play 10 games and break my body in center field?”
What Boras said: Carlos Beltran is an OF, not a DH.
What Boras meant: Carlos Beltran wants to be paid like an OF, not like a DH.
Unless the knee has made a HUGE recovery this offseason, He’s barely an OF at all.
Watched some of his games the end of last season…oof, not pretty. Seriously short range, and to make things worse it seemed he hadn’t adjusted to that shortened range at all so his path to the ball sucked.
this means only one thing; boras is not good for baseball.
This coming from the same guy who claimed that Jacoby Ellsbury stacks up well with Rickey Henderson.
Mr Boras, that fact remains to be seen.