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Carlos Beltran to the Yankees
Have the Yankees of old returned? Even though the Bronx Bombers passed on spending $240 million on Robinson Cano, they still have spent nearly $300 million so far this offseason, with the latest acquisition being Carlos Beltran's three-year, $45 million deal. How are the new-look Yankees shaping up? Will it be enough?
Carlos Beltran got his wish, staying in the National League and avoiding duty as a designated hitter. But did the Giants mortgage too much of their future to acquire the outfielder from the Mets? As part of the deal for Beltran, who will be a free agent after the season, the Giants sent prized pitching prospect Zack Wheeler to the Big Apple.
How much is too much?
Mets fans know as well as any that prospects (Bill Pulsipher, Paul Wilson) don't always pan out as hoped. But is one of the best pitching prospects in baseball too much for a rental?
A dynasty in the making?
The Giants are the defending champions, feature some of the best pitchers in the sport and are one of five teams with at least 60 wins. But even with Beltran, will you be surprised if they repeat?
A Giant among outfielders?
The Braves, Giants and Phillies own the three best records in the National League, but only two of their collective outfielders rank among the NL's top 20 outfielders in OPS.
Is Beltran enough of a fix?
Unless the subject is weather, the phrase "only the Padres" is not good company to keep in baseball. But as Beltran arrives, only the Padres have a more anemic offense than the Giants in the NL.
Hope springs eternal for the New York Mets, as Jose Reyes has been cleared for baseball activities. That's a fancy way of saying that he's healthy. For now.
Having Reyes -- not to mention Carlos Beltran -- healthy is a big deal for New York. Despite early predictions of contending last season, Reyes' 36-game season, plus Beltran's half-season and David Wright's sudden loss of anything resembling power led the Mets to a disastrous fourth-place finish in the NL East. Coming at the tail end of a recent history of collapses and disappointments, 2009 was just another psychological blow to a relatively long-suffering Mets fan base. Maybe Reyes' return will change early predictions regarding the NL East race; the current favorite doesn't have the word "Mets" anywhere in its name.
The Mets are handicapped with a right side of the infield that is basically non productive offensively!!! A lack of a #2 starter, a setup man in the BP and remaining healthy!!! Other than that.....!!! Hey, at least I'm honest!!!” -- openminded43
Which Met has the best chance to win the comeback player of the year? Oliver? Reyes? Can Beltran do it? Or does Maine put it all together and stays healthy? My guess is Reyes, as he smacks 25 triples all over Citi Field.” -- sludgeballa
Mets lineup going to rise and fall with Jose. We need him back good and healthy!” -- heyjacleu