I like the vibe of Buster Olney’s report the Met attitude is: Beltran’s the best OF avail and we’re convinced we can get a top prospect in return.
I love it, and while I’m not quite convinced myself I’m diggin’ the strategy.
The catch with LosB is his contract prevents his team from offering arbitration. Therefore whoever trades for him won’t get a compensatory pick if he leaves via free agency.
A compensatory pick softens the blow of losing a player but if there’s a playoff bound team with a hole in the OF they’re gonna swallow the opportunity cost of a single pick.
The real trick is when to trade him. Of course the longer we wait the higher the price tag can go. Especially if another team, or 2, lose a player to injury.
Although the longer we hold out the greater the possibility Carlos himself gets hurt. I’d hate to be left holding the hot potato in that scenario but something tells me he’s gonna make it through this season w/o injury.
Ike is now considering surgery. I still can’t wrap my brain around the vortex surrounding Met injuries that sucks in dinged up players and doesn’t allow them to resurface until the following spring.