As Mets fans, we talk about Carlos Beltran all the time, the strength of his knees, the possibility of having him play left field, the large sum of money that he’s owed next season. Some fans have even went as far as to say that the Mets wanted to move Beltran before the start of this season and that was the reason why the organization was so slighted when he decided to undergo major surgery on his ailing knees.
Analyzing the current situation, I feel that perhaps this wasn’t the case. What seems more accurate to me now is that the Mets front office knew of the consequences in a rehabbing Beltran. They were aware that even if he managed to make his way back this season which he has, he still would have to work harder than before to get back to one-hundred percent, which he hasn’t.
With such a hefty sum of money left on the final year of his contract for next season, he will be tough to move. The best case scenario obviously will be a healthy Beltran in All-Star form. However, if this procedure he opted for prior to the start of the season leaves him further in a state of underperformance, GM Omar Minaya and the Mets organization will have to endure another scarring disappointment heading into the 2011 season.