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Friday, December 20, 2013
Bitter Beltran: 'I felt hurt' by Mets

By Andrew Marchand

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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