In an article published today in the Puerto Rican newspaper Primera Hora, free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran said that there are seven teams who have expressed interest in him. Those teams are the Yankees, Mariners, Orioles, Tigers, Red Sox, Royals, and Reds (the only National League club on the list.
More interesting than the list of interested clubs, is that Beltran intimated in the article that he’d like to return to the National League and play on the east coast. Tweeted Jorge Castillo of the Star-Ledger:
Interesting that Beltran told the paper he’d like to return to the National League and be on east coast, but he doesn’t have a preference.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) November 27, 2013
For months, many Mets fans and sites (including Rising Apple) have been in favor of a Beltran/Mets reunion.
The Mets aren’t on the list of the teams who have contacted Beltran, and that may be due to the fact that he’s requesting a three year deal.
However, it never hurts to try. And if Beltran is indeed looking to return to the National League and play on the east coast, the Mets would be in a perfect spot to enter the fray.
It’s telling that there’s only one National League team (the Reds) currently pursuing Beltran. That’s likely due to the fact that most clubs think Beltran will be better served if he has the ability to be a designated hitter on occasion.
Still, with the Mets rumored to be pursuing Nelson Cruz (who’s hysterically asking for a four year deal worth $75 million dollars), and Curtis Granderson (who is likely to ask for four years), it makes all the sense in the world to at least inquire about Beltran’s interest in returning to Flushing.
If Beltran is willing to sign a two year deal with a vesting third year option, the Mets should be prepared to run to wherever he is with a contract in hand. If Beltran isn’t interested, all they did was ask. And it costs nothing to ask.