Carlos Beltran, Marlon Byrd Won’t Rule Out Return

According to Mike Puma, Carlos Beltran “won’t rule out” returning to the Mets (Beltran said it while laughing, by the way). Puma also tweeted, however, that the Mets consider his diminished defense an “issue” (I laughed while reading that, by the way).

In other news, another former Mets outfielder is “open” to returning to Flushing — Marlon Byrd. Byrd told Kristie Ackert of the Daily News,

“I’ve talked to Sandy, I told him thank you for the opportunity at the beginning of the year and thank you for the opportunity to play for a winner,” Byrd said of his conversation with the Mets general manager. “I told him, ‘If you want me back, I would love to come back’.

Terry Collins already knows, the team owners already know, the players definitely know. I let them all know I loved it there.”

I’m SURRRRRRE these postures have nothing to do with negotiating leverage / keeping all options open on the free agent market.

Hey, why not bring back Jason Bay as well, and make it an all-former-Met, “Killer Bs” outfield?

Is it too early to start discussing these fantasies? Is it as crazy to think that Beltran will return as it is Bay? Which of the two is more likely to be wearing a Mets uniform in 2014?

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  1. Walnutz15 October 9, 2013 at 2:08 pm
    I, too, chuckle at so many Met fans – and their willingness to jump back into the sack with players who are obviously stating these things because they’re prodded into writing a lazy story for the NY media.

    While I tip my cap to Beltran for having lasted this long as an everyday player, as I would have figured he needed to become an A.L. player (at least having the option to D.H.) – past his last game w/the Giants……

    He’s been able to endure as a Cardinal, and really – has surprised me with the number of games he’s been able to play since the knee issues took him out of CF as a Met.

    I’m still of the belief that the A.L. is his best route to playing another handful of seasons…provided he wants to, anyway. Would certainly help his case, post-retirement – by putting up some more big years w/the bat.

    RE: The whole “Met” angle of this?

    Beltran would be foolish to ever rule out a potential suitor in a public setting. By coming out and saying anything other than “I might be open to it” (even if he’s chuckling, while doing so – *wink*) – there’s one less competitive offer on the table, come Hot Stove.

    As much as I loved him as a player, and feel the overwhelming strong desire from some Met fans across multiple outlets to want him back in our uniform – I definitely don’t see it working out the way everyone would want it to, ideally.

    He’ll be elsewhere anyway, IMHO.

  2. Happy59 October 9, 2013 at 3:16 pm
    The Mets need to stop bringing in either former players or new players with past injury issues. They have wasted 10’s of millions on such players with little return. Start signing players without past injury issues, particularly to long/expensive contracts. Such as Ellsbury, good player, but gets hurt every year, why waste big money/years on him?

    Continue to develope their young players, Mets got a good look at many this year, particularly the outfielders, there’s talent there. I still insist that Collins is the wrong choice to evaluate players. He plays obvious favoritism, a few players who were not performing got more playing time than those that did.

    Collins, in my opinion, was retained because he is the perfect yes man, he doesn’t even speak out when the GM makes roster moves without consulting him. He tows the GM’s very thin line.

    I also got the impression that Collins was to address player issues such as a players sense of “entitlement” to play, disciple issues, in other words: keep a lid on things. The Mets players were rather freewheeling under Monaya and I got the sense ownership wanted big changes in the clubhouse atmosphere.

    I could be dead wrong on that, but the way Collins handled certain issues and players points to as least some subtle disciple being utilized. I still believe that the Mets won games due to the players busting, NOT to Collins managerial style, they won despite Collins’ managing.

    Done venting, just have to put up with Collins for at least one more year……….. egads, I’d rather have teeth pulled…..

  3. RealityChuck October 9, 2013 at 5:19 pm
    Of course they say they’re open to a return. This is Contract Negotiation 101: be open to any offers so that you can play the clubs off each other.

    It’s to the player’s advantage to say something like that, and I’m still surprised anyone thinks that this is worthy of reporting or even serious consideration. When the team is actually negotiating with the player, then it’s news, not before.

    • izzy October 9, 2013 at 5:53 pm
      Thank you Chuck. As free agency looms the agents prep the players to love every team that is in need of a player at his position. And of course, wherever he signs, its his dream team, the one team he wanted to play on since before he was even born.
  4. argonbunnies October 9, 2013 at 5:51 pm
    I loved Byrd’s hustle, but let’s not overpay for a guy coming off a fluke career year at age 35. I wouldn’t be shocked if the power stays, but with his Ks and lack of patience, I’m banking on a sub-.300 OBP next year.

    As for Beltran, he may actually be the best hitter available. Weird, but true. He does not move well at all anymore, though. I’d love him on a team that just needs one more bat to compete, but on the current Mets, I’m not sure where he fits.

  5. DaveSchneck October 9, 2013 at 6:23 pm
    So, they Mets need a couple of power bat OFers, they need a leadoff hitter, they need a SS, the need an established starter that can reliably throw 200 innings, they need a vet catcher, and they need a veteran arm in the bullpen. Ok, so hear is my plan –
    – sign Beltran and talk him into playing 1B, blank check 2 yrs
    – sign Byrd for RF, blank check 1 year
    – trade for Dickey and Reyes, give Toronto Ike, Duda, JV1, Tejada, Tovar, and any two minor league pitchers not named Montero or Syndy
    – sign Hawkins and Heath Bell
    – sign Omir Santos to backup d’Arnaud
    – sign Bay as hitting coach
    – sign Chris Benson before the Christmas party
    – bring Tim McCarver back to the TV booth
    – bring Gary Thorne back to the radio booth
    – sign Rheingold as sponsor
    – play ball
    • argonbunnies October 10, 2013 at 3:43 pm
      Now that’s the sign of a loyal radio fan. Rheingold!


      We also clearly need Matt Lindstrom for middle relief and Angel Pagan to man CF while Lagares develops.

      Could we also coax Alou out of retirement to be a pinch-hitter? He’d be the best fastball hitter on the team…

  6. Dan42 October 9, 2013 at 6:56 pm
    Sounds good to me, but they’d have to trade for Heath Bell, who won’t be a FA until 2015.

    At least the payroll would be a winner, and maybe send the Wilpons over the brink, with buddy Bud on his way out.

  7. chris October 9, 2013 at 9:06 pm
    Why would Beltran want to come to our sad sack team? At this stage in his career who wants to essentially play out the string for 162 games. That said, he’s one of my favorite Mets ever and if it did happen, I would be thrilled.
    • DaveSchneck October 10, 2013 at 9:48 am
      The Benjamins.
  8. DanB October 10, 2013 at 11:33 am
    The Mets are not giving out Benjamins. More like the Georges.
    • argonbunnies October 10, 2013 at 3:44 pm
      “My wallet’s fat
      and full of ones
      it’s all about
      the Washingtons”
      – Yankovic
      • argonbunnies October 10, 2013 at 3:50 pm
        Someone please refer this to David Price, so he can say “Nice quote, nerd; you aren’t athletic enough to do baseball” and I can reply “Nice comment, jock; you aren’t smart enough to use the internet.”
  9. Anthony decesare October 15, 2013 at 5:54 pm
    I’m altering this slightly:

    I’m still projecting a 30 million spending limit, if its true, someone pointed out a bargin OF that could be someone the mets go after and that’s Nate Mclouth. We may not trade for Ethier because of it, but were still going to the flee market when it comes to free agent shopping and not Tiffany’s. I could see

    LF-Nate Mclouth 2 yrs 10 million
    Rf-Marlon Byrd 2 yrs 10 million
    SS-Jhony Peralta 2 yrs 16 million
    Dan Haren 1 yr 8 million or 2 yrs 16 million
    Rp-Latroy Hawkins 1 yr 2 million
    Backup C 1 yr 2 million.

    Their determined not to give up their top pitching prospects and their also determined not to give up their draft picks 1st and 2nd for any free agent. Plus Alderson always talks about flexibility and short term deals, these 5 guys are no more then 1 or 2 yrs.

    If they had 10 million more to spend and their spending limit was 40 million, yeah why not sign Joe Nathan 2 yrs 20 million, 10 mil per.

  10. Jamie Gallagher October 18, 2013 at 1:49 pm
    So many sarcastic comments.Jason Bay can’t play.Beltran and Byrd would be an up grade for this team.a two year deal for both would make this team watch able..Mets also need a Veteran shortstop with good range food arm good speed on the bases and charisma.Josie Rayes comes to mind
  11. Dan42 October 19, 2013 at 5:05 am
    ” Puma also tweeted, however, that the Mets consider his diminished defense an “issue” (I laughed while reading that, by the way).”