The Yankees strike again for the third time in the offseason landing ex-Cardinal outfielder Carlos Beltran to a three-year, $45 million dollar contract. With the signing, Beltran will once again return to the Big Apple, this time wearing the pinstripes.
Prior to signing with the Mets in 2005, there were rumors that Beltran tried providing the Yankees with a discount. The Yankees declined the offer and the Mets ended up landing the skilled outfielder to a 7-year, $119 million dollar contract (largest signing in Mets history).
Some Mets’ fans never really welcomed Beltran from the beginning. A lot had to do with wanting to play for the Yankees, while others didn’t care. For the optimistic fans, it was the closest shot at winning the World Series and that was enough.
All these years passed by and no one ever knew if Beltran’s love for the Yankees were indeed true. Well, as with most things in life, secrets always come out when it’s the right time.
During WFAN’s Joe and Evan show, Carlos Beltran made an appearance on the radio. When asked about his first choice (Mets or Yankees) during the 2005 free agency, Beltran finally let the fans know that the “Bombers” would’ve been his first pick.
“Honestly, they were (my first choice),” the veteran told the radio duo in regard to the Yankees. “They were there, but at the same time they couldn’t do anything about it. The Yankees were going through a salary cap (issue) and they couldn’t commit to me for the years I was looking for. And the Mets came in, and they committed to me, and I felt like I made the right decision.”
In other words, similar to any talented star free agent, Carlos Beltran prioritized the money in 2005 and convinced himself that the Mets were the place for him.
Regardless of the negative reports about Beltran during his first stint in New York, the 36-year-old slugger still had some good things to say about the Mets’ organization.
“It’s gonna be fun, no doubt about it,” Beltran said during his press conference about returning to Citi Field for the Subway Series. “I have good memories in Queens and all I have to say about the Mets is just a lot of good things. I was fortunate to play in a good organization, being able to be around good people. And you know, it’s gonna be different, no doubt about it. At the end of the day, we’re gonna go out, we’re gonna play, we’re gonna try to win.”
The New York Yankees are hot right now signing three huge free agents this offseason in catcher Brian McCann, outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, and now Carlos Beltran.
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