Entering the 2005 season, the New York Mets signed Carlos Beltran to a seven-year, $119 million contract. 2018 is the last season they will pay him.
$119 million dollars is a lot to pay, especially because it was the largest contract in New York Mets history at the time. However, the actual contract over the seven years was really worth 97 million dollars.
This is because 22 million of the 119 million dollars were deferred in order to make the contract more manageable and does not include any of the incentives that Carlos Beltran was offered.
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Following his departure from the team in 2011, the team continued to pay him to the tune of $3,142,857 per season starting in 2012.
While three million dollars isn’t truly a lot, every little bit will help the team going forward. Starting next season, three million a year could be the difference in retaining some players or making an offer for a free agent.
Was paying 20 million after he was gone worth it based on what he did with the team? That would be an entirely different matter.
For the most part, Beltran has a great Mets career. He’s played in 839 games for them. He hit .280 with 149 home runs, 100 stolen bases, and more than 200 doubles.
His 208 doubles were seventh most in franchise history and he has the sixth most home runs and RBI’s.
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Many fans will say that his only blemish was what happened in 2006. However, to many, his career was much more, and more than likely worth every penny.