Carlos Beltran wants to finish his career as a Met. But home runs like the one he hit Friday night may make that more difficult. Because there are more than a few contending teams who could use a switch-hitter with the kind of power Beltran displayed Friday.
Even Beltran acknowledged that there was probably a baseball executive out there watching the game who grew enamored with the right-fielder's prodigous power display on Friday.
"In the situation where I am, probably that’s happening," Beltran said after the Mets' 7-2 loss. "But like I said, I'm a Met and I'm trying to help this team win ball games."
Beltran smoked a ball deep over the center field wall in the sixth inning, but, as he pointed out, you never know if the ball is going to leave the ballpark when you're hitting in Citi Field.
So he sprinted out of the batter's box.
"In this ballpark, you never know. Once you go to center field you never know what's going to happen," said a smiling Beltran, who played with a cold on Friday.
The ball ended up on the other side of the Mets’ apple in center field.
Beltran finished the night 1-for-2 with two walks and has reach base safely in his last 24 games, dating back to June 16. He has an on-base percentage of .420 in that stretch.
All of which makes Beltran more attractive to potential trade partners.
"We all know the situation where I am," Beltran said. "The players are aware, everyone's aware. Everyone knows that Francisco (Rodriguez) got traded. But at the same time, we need to move on. We have to move forward and avoid negative information that might move us back."