Jon Heyman of SI.com, named 31 players he believes could end up hitting the waiver wires and potentially get dealt before the August 31st waiver deadline.
Carlos Beltran was just one of four Mets players he listed:
Ollie Perez, Mets SP. The Mets offered him around but there were no takers. They’d like him to go to the minors but he is said to not want to return after spending more than a month down there already this season. Manager Jerry Manuel told Mets people he is loathe to use Perez at home considering the reception he gets at Citi Field. Maybe they can continue to talk about a deal with the Cubs for Carlos Zambrano.
Luis Castillo, Mets 2B. The Mets have been trying to trade him for years, with no success. Has slipped to the point where he isn’t worth close to his $6 million salary.
Jeff Francoeur, Mets OF. With Jason Bay on the shelf with a concussion, it might be hard to deal Francoeur. He’s great in the clubhouse but has continued to be inconsistent offensively, batting just .236 with a .288 on-base percentage.
Carlos Beltran, Mets OF. Great talent who is just back from his knee injury and hasn’t yet showed his old form. He has a full no-trade clause but might be amenable to a deal after his winter disagreement with the team over the knee surgery that kept him out half the year. One more year left in $119 million, seven year deal he signed before the 2005 season.
I understand Heyman’s point on Beltran, but I disagree that the Mets would place him on waivers for two big reasons:
1. If any team were crazy enough to assume the remaining $24 million on his contract, not only would it still have to get approved by Beltran, but there’s a 99% chance that another team could place a claim to block him from being traded as well.
2. Considering all the bad vibes over the knee surgery fiasco, I doubt the Mets would add to it by putting him on waivers knowing fully well there’s no shot they can move him. Better to leave well enough alone.
The best thing for the Mets to do regarding Beltran is to hope he returns to form soon and finshes strong, and that he gives them a huge season in his walk year in 2011.
There were a few other players on the list that could be possible fits for the Mets, most notable among them is Carlos Zambrano who the Mets were reportedly interested in him, but were unwilling to give up any top prospects and wanted to pawn Oliver Perez off on them instead.
I guess now we will see just how interested they really were, being that basically they could get him for a song if they still wanted him.