01/10/2005: Mets fans should be happy....
The general buzz is that the biggest free agent deal of this off-season is due to be consummated, as the NY Mets and playoff series darling Carlos Beltran have apparently come to terms. According the the New York Times, the deal is for seven years and $119 million.
They are hoping that Beltran, who was seemingly destined to play center field for the Yankees, then was supposedly returning to the Houston Astros, can help them revive a stagnant organization, and they are dreaming about eventually challenging the Yankees for supremacy in New York.$119 million? Why the hell not an even $120 million? I'll be wrapping my mind around that for a few odd minutes this morning when I have nothing better to do.
By being persistent and offering the most money, General Manager Omar Minaya persuaded Beltran to spend the next seven summers chasing fly balls in Flushing and playing in the shadow of the Yankees. The Mets are hoping Beltran can do something about that shadow.
Beltran does everything well: he can run, hit, hit for power, throw and field. In signing Beltran and Pedro Martínez, the premier free-agent pitcher on the market, the Mets have invested $172 million in a makeover. That Minaya - who has made a point of appealing to Hispanic players - was able to persuade each player to relocate to a team that has averaged 71 victories in the last three seasons cannot be viewed as anything but baseball's biggest coup of the off-season.
Len on 01.10.05 @ 07:19 AM CST