There has been a growing conversation among fans and reporters about the possibility of the Mets bringing back OF Carlos Beltran, although the organizations interest is unknown.
Does it make sense for the Mets to bring back one-time fan favorite Carlos Beltran? I sit on the fence with this one, but opt to say yes under certain conditions.
First off, there is a group inside the Mets fan base who blame Beltran for the problems have had in recent years. It’s gotten so bad that some have decided to poke fun at this group by using #BlameBeltran, to blame Beltran for outrageous things (i.e. Matt Harvey getting hurt). Since the events of 2006, Beltran has been viewed very negatively by some fans.
During the All-Star Game festivities, Carlos Beltran and Jeff Wilpon were seen talking. Supposedly this meeting was to patch up things between the two and bury the past.
Now, with the past in the past and Beltran an upcoming free agent, speculation has begun about a Flushing reunion. The 38-year-old is most likely going to look for a two year deal. With a free agent market filled with top-tier guys like Shin-Soo Choo and Jacoby Elisbury, a middle tiered guy like Beltran makes sense for the Mets.
He won’t command as much money as the others do. He’s still got a lot left in the tank. He can play outfield, a huge need for this team. And no one needs to be reminded about what he can do in the playoffs.
So he’s a fit for the Mets. They should splurge a little bit and go get him. Bu the question remains: Does he want to be back?
2006 left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth for how the season ended. Many blamed Beltran for that, and how wrong they were. The next couple of years didn’t go so well either and it ended with Sandy Alderson shipping him to San Francisco for Zack Wheeler. Now, three years later, a potential reunion is in the works. How satisfying could it be for Beltran to come back to New York and help lead the Mets again?
Alderson is going to look at many options this offseason, both in free agency and through trading, and will have to make a short-list of people to target. If I were him, Carlos Beltran would be at the top of that list. And Mets fans should welcome him back with open arms.