Happy trails, Mr. Beltran

Posted: July 28, 2011 in Mets

Today was a bittersweet day to be a Mets fan, as Carlos Beltran was dealt to the San Francisco Giants for big-time pitching prospect Zack Wheeler, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2009 draft.
I remember when the Mets signed Beltran prior to the 2005 season. Along with the signing of Pedro Martinez, it seemed the Mets were back as a franchise. They made it to the NLCS in 2006, Beltran’s finest season with the team, but that turned out to be the only playoff appearance during the 6 1/2 years Beltran spent in New York.
Carlos was always the consummate pro, driving in more than 100 runs for three straight years (2006-2008) before injuries struck during 2009 (when Beltran was on his way to perhaps his best season with the Mets). He rehabbed his knee to get back into shape for this season, and he put together a fine run with the Mets, hitting .289 with 15 homers, 66 RBIs and a league-leading 30 doubles. He also served as a mentor to the Mets’ young players.
He will always be one of my favorite Mets and perhaps a bit unappreciated by most Met fans due to one failed AB against Adam Wainwright with the bases loaded to end the 2006 NLCS. He’s clearly the best Mets centerfielder of all time and other than Darryl Strawberry, there hasn’t been a finer outfielder in general with the club.
Still, I give a big kudos to Sandy Alderson for getting this deal done. Most of the so-called experts (including Phillie lover Jayson Stark) said Alderson wouldn’t get a top prospect for Beltran. They all said he was asking for way too much in aiming for guys like Wheeler, Brandon Belt and Gary Brown from the Giants, Domonic Brown or Jarred Cossart from the Phillies, or Mike Minor from the Braves.
All it took was for one GM to blink, and Giants GM Brian Sabean knew his team had to have more offense. After all, can they really expect the great Cody Ross to go off again in the playoffs? Losing Wheeler was probably a necessary step for the Giants, who still have good pitching depth. Alderson stood his ground on what he wanted, and he ended up with what most feel will be a top of the rotation starter if he reaches his potential (always a big if for prospects).
I love the deal and will be rooting whole-heartedly for Beltran and the Giants in the playoffs.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s