As many of us probably remember from the 2005 offseason, Carlos Beltran really wanted to be a Yankee. Even though the Yankees ultimately passed on Beltran, he reportedly offered to sign with the Yankees for less than the 7-year $119 million contract he ultimately received from the Mets. Beltran’s tenure with the Mets was a mixture of ups (MVP caliber seasons in 2006 and 2008) and downs (significant time lost to injury in 2009 and 2010), and I have always wondered how having Beltran in centerfield instead of an aging Bernie Williams, Johnny Damon, or mediocre Melky Cabrera during the mid-2000’s would have affected the Yankees’ outcomes in that era.
Fast forward to the 2011 offseason, where a similar situation presented itself. Beltran, coming off a 4.7 fWAR season for the Mets and Giants, was offered a 2-year $26 million contract by the Cardinals. This is a pretty reasonable deal for a 34-year old player of Beltran’s caliber. Given Beltran’s injury history, the short duration of the contract and relatively modest average annual value make sense.… Click here to read the rest