Mets, Angels reportedly discussed Beltran trade

An interesting item out of the New York Post today, revealing that the Mets discussed a potential deal earlier this winter to move Carlos Beltran to the Angels. Needing an outfield bat, the Angels instead traded for Vernon Wells last month, preferring to spend $86 million on a confirmed healthy player. Though Beltran has only one year and $18.5 million left on his contract, the Angels had questions about his health and his ability to play center field.

Though the Post did not reveal what the Mets might have received in return for Beltran, the report did float the names of outfielder Juan Rivera and reliever Fernando Rodney. For Wells, the Angels gave up slightly more, dealing Rivera and catcher Mike Napoli to the Jays.

There’s not much to be gleaned from this other than the fact that the Mets, while hesitant to make a major trade right now, are willing to explore any and all options. Recall that Beltran has a clause in his contract forbidding the Mets from offering him arbitration, meaning if they don’t trade him before the end of the season, they will receive nothing — not even a draft pick — if he ultimately signs elsewhere.

—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

1 Comment

I , for one, are not sold on Beltran playing Centerfield anymore either. He didn’t show it to me thru the end of last year, and the season ended with me wondering if he came back too soon or he simply has lost a step for good. Pagan still has more gas in the tank, and putting pride aside, if beltran can’t cover the ground Pagan can in Center during spring training, he needs to move to right. He might not be done, but he might not be center-worthy anymore. That’s why we have spring training. Good luck to Carlos. I hope he still has it. But Terry Collins needs to evaluate on what he sees in FL 2011, not video from 2008 and reputation.

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