Bitter Beltran: 'I felt hurt' by Mets

December, 20, 2013
12/20/13
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NEW YORK -- Carlos Beltran was once a Met, but he has always wanted to be a Yankee.

On Friday, Beltran put on his pinstriped No. 36 uniform for the first time. The Yankees and Beltran agreed upon a three-year, $45 million two weeks ago, but made it official on Friday.

"Having the opportunity to come back again as a Yankee means a lot to me," Beltran said. "I grew up being a Yankee fan. I grew up being a Bernie Williams fan. At one point [in 2005], I almost got a chance to sign with the Yankees, but it didn't work out."

Beltran ended up going to the Mets for seven years and $119 million in 2005. While he said he enjoyed his time in Flushing, he sounded bitter about how upper management treated him.

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Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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