Scott Boras Says Beltran Will Remain A Met In 2011

An article by posted on December 8, 2010

Scott Boras, who represents Carlos Beltran, splashed some water onto the whole Beltran to the Red Sox murmurings.

“I have not had any conversation with the Mets about anything relative to Carlos, other than the fact they were going to meet with him,” Boras said. “I think Carlos’ plan and our plan is that he’ll be a part of the Mets next year and moving forward.”

As for willingness to waive a no-trade clause, Boras added: “He has a no-trade clause, so whatever decisions he and [wife] Jessica make will be their own. The idea of any other information that would come forward, I can only say that’s something the Mets would have to bring to Carlos. To date, Carlos’ plan is to be a Met because he has control whether he is a Met or not. For those reasons, unless something unforeseen happens, I would say he’d be a Met.”

Thanks to Adam Rubin who provided the quotes.

Previous Update 9:00 AM

Last night, the Mets and Red Sox met again tonight to discuss center fielder Carlos Beltran according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe,.

With the news coming so late, it was the culmination of a long day of rumors that had been swirling around tying the Red Sox to the Mets gifted center fielder.

This morning, Cafardo explains that the Red Sox are now at the point where they may soon request medical records on Beltran from the Mets, as they decide which direction they will go between him and another injured outfielder, Magglio Ordonez, who they are also considering.

Cafardo also details why the Red Sox are so interest and reveals a little know fact about a connection between Beltran and Theo Epstein’s assistant GM Allard Baird.

The Sox like the right side of Beltran’s switch-hitting bat and feel he could play left field. He has had microfracture and traditional surgery on his knees that limited him to 145 games the last two seasons, but a Mets official said his knees aren’t as bad as some think.

Beltran has a history with Sox executive Allard Baird, who was general manager in Kansas City when Beltran played there (1998-2004). If the Mets can eat a little more than half of his salary and don’t ask for too much in return, it’s a deal that could get done.

Peter Gammons of MLB Network, kicked off the rumors very early Tuesday morning. He believes that even if the Mets were to eat $10 million dollars of Beltran’s salary, it would still free up $8 million dollars which they can use to help acquire some pitching.

He also says that the Mets could have interest in either infielder Marco Scutaro or righthand pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has been mentioned in several rumors this offseason and appears to be on the way out.

Matsuzaka is owed $20 million dollars and would match up well in a swap, giving the Red Sox the outfielder they crave, and the Mets a starter they desperately need, and both players come with some risk

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated as the story evolves.

Original Post 12/7 3:00 PM

The Carlos Beltran rumors seem to be picking up some steam down at the Winter Meetings in Orlando.

Yesterday, David Lennon of Newsday reported that there is definitely a big interest out there for Beltran. If he proves himself healthy, it could be nice haul for the Mets at the July deadline.

But today we are hearing rumors that some teams may be interested in trading for Beltran now, believing he may not cost as much.

John Harper of the Daily News writes that Oakland’s GM Billy Beane may have interest in Beltran “hoping to catch lightning in a bottle”.

Beltran might just be that guy, especially considering that Beane needs to get creative after losing out on free agents Lance Berkman and – it appears – Adrian Beltre, Harper says. He also cautions that Beane is shrewd and would probably not give up too much to acquire Beltran.

Of course, another strong factor that is feeding this rumor is the close relationship between Beane and Sandy Alderson.

Peter Gammons of MLB Network is also adding some intrigue into the Beltran rumor mill and he is reporting that the Boston Red Sox are now engaged in talks for acquiring the Mets centerfielder. (via MetsBlog)

“The relationship between Beltran and the Mets is not great,” Gammons said.  “He’s not going to play in the outfield for 150 games, and there are still hard feelings between Ownership and Scott Boras because of the operation Beltran had a year ago.”

Gammons believes that even if the Mets were to eat $10 million dollars of Beltran’s salary, it would still free up $8 million dollars which they can use to help acquire some pitching.

He believes that the Mets have strong interest in both Red Sox SS Marco Scutaro and RHP Daisuke Matsuza, who has been mentioned in several rumors this offseason and appears to be on the way out. Of course he cautions that the the Red Sox will not be willing to give up both in such a deal.

That said, Gammons believes it’s possible that Beltran would accept a deal to Boston, where he play some DH to help relieve some of the wear and tear on his knees.

In an interview with ESPN last month, Carlos Beltran said he would waive his no trade clause if the Mets approached him.

“I know that I have the no-trade clause, but if the team is searching or looking to trade a guy, I have to listen,” Beltran said. “I want to be a Met. I want to finish my career with the Mets. Right now, my mentality is just to come back next year 100 percent to help this team win a championship. But, at the same time, if the organization is looking at different options, I have to be aware. I’m a professional. I know the organization, they’re professionals. So if the situation comes between them and us, we’re going to handle it in a very professional way.”

Adam Rubin said on his blog this afternoon, that a person with knowledge of the Red Sox’s plan tells ESPNNewYork.com the club has “to explore all options and he (Beltran) could theoretically be an option.

I would say that the odds of trading Carlos Beltran could be better than 50/50 at this point. Now that Werth has signed, teams may see Beltran as a comparable power hitting alternative who they might be able to get for less dollars especially with the Mets picking up half the tab.

Beltran has a history with Sox executive Allard Baird, who was general manager in Kansas City when Beltran played there (1998-2004). If the Mets can eat a little more than half of his salary and don’t ask for too much in return, it’s a deal that could get done.

Beltran has a history with Sox executive Allard Baird, who was general manager in Kansas City when Beltran played there (1998-2004). If the Mets can eat a little more than half of his salary and don’t ask for too much in return, it’s a deal that could get done.

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