Ever since Carlos Beltran told reporters he would consider waiving his no-trade clause if the team approached him, speculation has been ramping up. He has already been listed as a trade candidate by a few prominent baseball writers including Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports who writes,
Add the Mets’ Carlos Beltran to the list of potential OF/DH solutions for AL clubs such as the White Sox and Rangers. To trade Beltran, the Mets would need to assume a significant portion of his $18.5 million salary for 2011. Beltran, 33, has a full no-trade clause, but probably would jump to play in a hitter-friendly park in his walk year.
Matt Cerrone at MetsBlog was even told by people who knew Beltran that he’d gladly play for another team,
In talking to people who know him, I hear Beltran is looking to sign a multi-year deal next off season, and will gladly accept a trade to another team, especially if it’s to a hitter’s park where he can also play center field.
While we don’t need sources to tell us he’s looking for a multi-year deal next offseason (who isn’t?), I’m surprised he’s so enthusiastic about a potential move.
That said, I’m not so convinced that there’s any real chance anything happens. There are too many things to overcome for it to happen… to many questions.
I don’t see the Mets paying over $10 million of his $18.5 million dollar contract for Beltran to help another team win in his walk year.
The Mets don’t have a sure thing in terms of another right fielder to replace Beltran in the field and in the lineup.
What could a team possibly be willing to offer for a one year rental who is a major injury risk and must wear a knee brace at all times?
And what about the fact that he can’t be offered arbitration as per the clause in his contract? That means a team gets no draft picks if Beltran signs with another team.
Those are just too many stumbling blocks to a deal if you ask me.
And I didn’t even mention that we might have to accept another team’s bad contract in return.
Nope, I don’t see it. What do you guys think?