The Boston Herald must be losing it. The cold air must have freezed up their brains.
I find it very hard to believe that the Boston Red Sox would seriously consider bringing on Carlos Beltran.
The Herald seems to think if the Sox fail to bring back Jason Bay, the Sox could put in a contingency plan involving Beltran. It is all speculation. I think they’re just trying to sell papers.
Let us get that thought out of their heads. Beltran still has $18.5 million on his contract which is still in effect for two more years, 2010 and 2011.
If the Sox cannot bring back Bay for monetary reasons, because that is the only reason I can think of for Bay not going back, then I do not see how they will take on Beltran’s contract.
On top of that, Beltran, like all Scott Bor-ass clients, has a no-trade clause in that contract. I do not see Beltran waiving that clause.
Jacoby Ellsbury is not going anywhere and Beltran is surely not being moved to another position. After all, the Mets had to move Mike Cameron to right field just to accommodate Beltran. Remember? Ellsbury will have to move to either right or left field.
This is a “no-deal” scenario. I would hang up the phone on Theo Epstein so loudly that he would never make such a foolish call again.
I would demand Ellsbury and Clay Bucholz just to start. There is no negotiating on this. This is what I want. Give it to me or quit tying up my line.
But like I said: Beltran is not going anywhere.