Beltran to get playoff payoff

Originally Published: January 9, 2005
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

When the 2004 playoffs began, Carlos Beltran was a very good player headed for a substantial payoff in free agency. When the playoffs ended, he was Mickey Mantle headed for an enormous payoff. "October," one GM said, "earned him an extra $30 million."

Beltran was that good in October. He hit eight home runs, tying Barry Bonds' record for most home runs in one postseason. He scored 21 runs, breaking Bonds' record for one postseason. He scored a run in 10 straight games, breaking the ...

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