I’m throwing this out there for you to mull over, much like Omar Minaya will be asked to do in the upcoming weeks.
PAGAN: Teams like him.
Other teams aren’t stupid, they see what is going on with the Mets rotation and in their outfield. They see, like most of us here, that the rotation, although going well now is not a sure thing. We don’t know how long Hisanori Takahashi and RA Dickey will continue this run. They also have no interest in sending a veteran pitcher to the Mets for the likes of John Maine and Oliver Perez.
The Seattle Mariners are on record for saying they want major league ready hitters; players they can immediately plug into their lineup.
The Mets have precious few of those to offer, but there is one whose trade value is high. Don’t think about Carlos Beltran. With his injury history and salary, he’s not going anywhere.
The clock is about to start for Carlos Beltran, who has been running the bases in extended spring training games. The next step is minor league rehab games, and GM Omar Minaya said today that will be Thursday in Port St. Lucie.
Once the rehab games begin Beltran has a 20-day window to return to the Mets. That would be after the All-Star break. If the window expires and Beltran isn’t ready, the Mets would need his permission to stay in the minors.
As of now, both Beltran and the Mets see the player as a center fielder, which would mean a platoon role for Angel Pagan.
The club also announced John Maine will seek a second opinion on his shoulder. Based on his contractual status the Mets don’t need Maine’s permission to go to the minor leagues.