Carlos Beltran Newsbeat
Saturday, December 03, 2016
Free agent Carlos Beltran has agreed to a one-year deal worth $16 million with the Houston Astros, a source told ESPN’s Buster Olney.
The deal also includes a full no-trade clause, according to the source.
Friday, November 18, 2016
There’s no question the Red Sox want Carlos Beltran as a replacement for David Ortiz. One baseball source called him a “top priority,” another tempered that description, noting the Sox want to see how the market develops.
Either way, there’s mutual interest, but there’s no shortage of patience on either side.
Monday, November 14, 2016
Beltrán’s strong hitting in 2016 was key for the veteran as achieving 400 home runs, 2,500 hits, 1,500 RBI, and 1,500 runs will help him garner votes with the more traditional/old school Hall of Fame electorate who favor round milestones over analytical value. Moreover, at season’s end, Beltrán sat at an impressive 70.4 Wins Above Replacement and 36.4 Wins Above Average for his career, so he will undoubtedly draw strong support from younger, more sabermetrically-inclined voters as well. While Beltrán lacks the 500 home run or 3,000 hit milestone that would quickly gain him Hall of Fame election, the veteran’s attaining of a quartet of secondary milestones underscore his excellent career and make the switch-hitter a strong candidate for election by the BBWAA or at the very least an eventual selection by the Era Committee.
Utley’s unforgivingly hard style of play has won him the admiration of some, the disdain of others, resulted in a rule change, come at the expense of injuries—to himself and others, all while being the driving force behind one of the most underrated players of this generation. Utley’s 2016 ledger of 14 home runs, 52 RBI, .252 batting average, and 2.0 WAR was far from a career year for the second baseman but it represented a critical rebound campaign, following a horrid, injury-plagued 2015. Moreover, Utley was able to establish himself as valuable veteran presence for the NL West champion Dodgers. Aside from going the whole season without being doubled up, Utley’s 2016 was also memorable for the second baseman’s rising to the occasion with grand slams when he was the center of attention in New York and Philadelphia. Despite his excellent career, Utley remains a longshot for the Hall of Fame, as he still lacks the counting stats that many voters place a premium on when filling out their ballots. However, Utley was able to reach the mini-milestones of 1000 runs scored and 250 home runs in 2016. In addition, Utley is poised to cross the 1000 RBI mark in 2017. Moreover, if Utley stays healthy and is able hold down a starting job for the next few seasons, 2,000 hits, 300 home runs, and 70 WAR are not out of the question for the hard-nosed keystoner. Achieving these milestones would greatly strengthen Utley’s Hall of Fame case.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
The players who got in relatively quickly to the Hall of Fame with the writers, for the most part, hit antiquated statistical milestones such as 3,000 hits or 500 home runs, or they had images that suggested more value than they had sabermetrically. That’s not Beltran, who’s built much of his Hall of Fame case around consistency and longevity.
Will Beltran be the next Dwight Evans for Hall of Fame candidates? The two are close in WAR, JAWS, and Hall Rating, with Beltran enjoying a slight edge in all three. The two players share fairly similar narratives, as solid, unsung contributors to many winning teams. They even share some of the same deficiencies, ranking as two of the best defensive outfielders in baseball in their early seasons before declining steeply in their 30s. The key differentiator could be that Beltran played in an offensive era that inflated his peak stats somewhat. This should help him a little with voters.
Beltran could also be the next Larry Walker, the Colorado Rockies legend and former National League MVP who at last check was struggling to stay above 10 percent in the writers’ vote for Cooperstown. Walker actually rates far above Beltran by Hall Rating and is roughly comparable by JAWS, though if he gets in the Hall of Fame, it seems likely to come via committee. Former Rockies seem to fall into their own special class of candidates.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Beltran has taken a liking to his new haunt in other ways, too—like preferring the vibes in Texas to those in New York. Here’s what he told KESN-FM about the difference between his most-recent employers, per the Dallas Morning News:
But at the end of the day, [in] New York there’s a lot of distractions, a lot of things going on more than baseball. Here it’s more about baseball.
That’s not a surprising answer. Beltran has every reason to prefer playing in Texas—in part because, you know, the Rangers are the team paying him (okay, so technically the Yankees are paying for half his salary, too). Besides, Beltran had to deal with multiple going-away tours in New York without the benefit of a deep postseason run. He’s still very much on his honeymoon with the Rangers, meaning he hasn’t had time for the negatives to make themselves apparent.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Pedro helps Darvish via Beltran.
The two just happened upon one another in the cafeteria of the visiting clubhouse in Houston on Saturday. Some 20 minutes later, Darvish emerged with a fresh perspective about how he wanted to attack hitters.
In short, Darvish decided he could attack hitters, especially inside, with his fastball instead of having to throw inside.
“He’s got so much experience,” Darvish said Monday. “We talked about the mental side. I feel like my mind is the weakest part of my game. And he said that no matter your stuff, if you can be strong mentally, you can win [the at-bat].
“He told me about things Pedro Martinez and he talked about when they were teammates [with the New York Mets]. He told me how Pedro approached pitching inside. He approached it like, ‘I can do this. I can go there.’ He didn’t think, ‘I have to go there.’”
Beltran’s take: “When you say you ‘have to,’ there is doubt. You can’t doubt yourself. He was very interested in my mental approach to hitting and the game. We talked about pitching. I told him, you can win the battle before you ever throw a pitch.”
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