If Beltran returns, will Mets get better?

While center fielder rehabs from knee surgery, Angel Pagan's played well in his place

Updated: June 22, 2010, 4:24 PM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

The question that is coming to a talk radio show near you is this: Are the Mets better off without Carlos Beltran?

While the Mets are hunting down first place in the NL East, the 33-year-old Beltran is quietly working in Port St. Lucie, Fla. There are reports that his bum knee still causes him to limp, which makes you wonder if the Mets are getting the 2008 Beltran or a $19 million-per-year player who is worth pennies on the dollar.

If he is the great Beltran -- the 27-homer, ...

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