The Beltran Sweepstakes

Where will the New York Mets’ rightfielder wind up at this weekend’s trade deadline?

Ed Millerby Ed Miller

For the last seven seasons, rightfielder Carlos Beltran has called New York home as a member of the New York Mets but now with the team flirting with mediocrity, Beltran – who will be a free agent at the end of the season – could be on the move.  It is not a definite that the Mets will move Beltran but it seems to be the team’s only reasonable option in the hopes of dumping salary.  This week, the 34-year-old came out and expressed interest in staying in the National League.

Beltran has been one of the most talked-about players in the past weeks as the July 31 trade deadline looms.  It’s rumored that Beltran could be interested in the Braves, Phillies, Giants, Red Sox and Rangers.  It is not hard to tell why Beltran might want to go to any of those ball clubs, as each one is in position for a playoff berth at the moment.

"Well, those teams are in first place – almost. The only one that is not in first place is Atlanta, but they're ahead in the Wild Card," Beltran told ESPN. "Yeah, if that happens, I would love to be with one of those teams."

And he wants to contribute more than just at the plate.  Beltran has said he isn’t big on DH’ing and that it is something he doesn’t really want to do.  He wants to continue to play right field and not move back to center.

"I want to make it clear that I would love to play in the outfield," he added. "So I'm not going to an American League team to be a DH. That's something I'm not willing to do, and I'm not going to do it."

Beltran has struggled to stay healthy the last two seasons and his stats have suffered because of it but that has not been the case this season.  In 96 games, he is hitting .291 and has 15 home runs and 64 RBIs.  The Mets have also stated, according to sources, that they would pay the nearly $6 million remaining on his original seven-year, $119 contract.

We aren’t sure where the six-time All-Star is going to be next week but whatever team gets him will add a veteran bat that can really do some damage in the Fall months. Oh and his fielding isn’t too shabby either.