Carlos Beltran was placed on waivers and went unclaimed Wednesday, according to reports by FoxSports.com and the New York Times, which means he can be traded if the team wishes to do so.
The Mets’ centerfielder is owed almost $6 million for the rest of this season and $18.5 million for next season, a steep price for a .185 hitter bouncing back from surgery on his right knee last January.
If a team had claimed Beltran, the Mets probably would have let the team take him and his contract.
It would be prudent for the Mets to discuss trade options regarding Beltran in the off-season, provided he can garner interest with his play during the last two months of the season.
The Mets likelywould contribute some of the money still owed on the contract if they are to trade him, however, the better Beltran plays for the remainder of the season, the less money the Mets would have to contribute to his contract.