Is Carlos Beltran an option for the Braves?


Now that we have finished up the OF Trade Targets series I thought we could move on to some outfielders who are free agents this off season. The hottest player at the trade deadline, Carlos Beltran seems to be getting little attention despite a really good comeback season last year with a .300/.385/.525 slash, 22 home runs, and a .225 ISO in 142 games.

For a player coming off that good of a season it is a wonder that he has no market right now… or maybe the injuries have something to do with it. Yep, that is probably the biggest reason he doesn’t have a flurry of teams looking into him with a weak free agent outfield class.

So why not have the Braves make an offer? The were (reportedly) interested in him at the tread deadline so why shouldn’t they now? With a pretty thin market we might even be able to get him for a bargain. Zack pointed out that he has always hit well at Turner Field so he might have a serious interest in coming to play for Atlanta.

Beltran is a switch hitting former center fielder who loves to bat in the second spot in the lineup. He can still hit the long ball and he will probably be a pretty good left fielder. A lineup featuring Beltran is a pretty awesome idea and you really have a lot of middle of the order bats involved.

projecting lineups, looking at Beltran’s numbers over the years, and the ideal hypothetical situation with Chipper, Beltran, and Prado after the break…

  1. Bourn
  2. Beltran
  3. Jones
  4. McCann
  5. Uggla
  6. Freeman
  7. Heyward
  8. Pasto

or

  1. Bourn
  2. Beltran
  3. McCann
  4. Uggla
  5. Jones
  6. Freeman
  7. Heyward
  8. Pasto

or if Heyward comes back and Beltran shows some age…

  1. Bourn
  2. Heyward
  3. Jones
  4. McCann
  5. Uggla
  6. Freeman
  7. Beltran
  8. Pasto

You have a ton of options for a dynamic line up and all of the ones above were without Martin Prado involved. I think an offer for Beltran would be a smart move, if we started low and gauged the market for him. I definitely don’t think it is wise to invest a lot of money in an older injury prone player but if there isn’t a ton of interest than we could be making the best deal of the off season.

Beltran’s past few years:

Year Games AVG OBP SLG HR ISO
2007 144 .276 .353 .525 33 .249
2008 161 .284 .376 .500 27 .216
2009 81 .325 .415 .500 10 .175
2010 64 .255 .341 .427 7 .173
2011 142 .300 .385 .525 22 .225
Averages 118 .288 .374 .495 20 .208

Yeah… I am interested. If Fredi can use Prado to give Beltran and Chipper regular rest we will be able to get the most value out of each of those three players and keep them all healthy. It could be the most ideal fit for the team, but you still run the risk of multiple injuries. Depending on the contract I would love to see Carlos Beltran in a Braves jersey next year.

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  • zackflagel11

    Do you ever stop writing and sleep instead? You published this article between the time I went to bed (2am) and woke up (6am). Wow!!!

    Oh, and nice article! I tend to agree! :)

  • zackflagel11

    Do you ever stop writing and sleep instead? You published this article between the time I went to bed (2am) and woke up (6am). Wow!!!

    Oh, and nice article! I tend to agree! :)

  • FredOwens

    @zackflagel11 Carlos is young and motivated he need no sleep as he drives the Braves forward. And he’s writing some real good stuff too. I remember being young. . .I agree on Beltran as well. With Boston so close to the luxury tax the field is narrowing for his services. I suspect once Cuddyer signs he’ll go shortly after. Kubel doesn’t seem to be drawing any interest at all outside of Minnesota, I find that a little odd, he’s not a fit for us as a lefty but a nice player for say Baltimore or the Mutts. Speaking of Mutts, I wonder how much Jason Bay they’d eat? If they’d take half his salary each year ($8m) I might take the 33 year old Bay for 2. Wouldn’t give much else, maybe a token A ball prospect but worth considering.

    If you haven’t read Scout’s piece I recommend it. http://braves.scout.com/2/1139389.html

  • FredOwens

    @zackflagel11 Carlos is young and motivated he need no sleep as he drives the Braves forward. And he’s writing some real good stuff too. I remember being young. . .I agree on Beltran as well. With Boston so close to the luxury tax the field is narrowing for his services. I suspect once Cuddyer signs he’ll go shortly after. Kubel doesn’t seem to be drawing any interest at all outside of Minnesota, I find that a little odd, he’s not a fit for us as a lefty but a nice player for say Baltimore or the Mutts. Speaking of Mutts, I wonder how much Jason Bay they’d eat? If they’d take half his salary each year ($8m) I might take the 33 year old Bay for 2. Wouldn’t give much else, maybe a token A ball prospect but worth considering.

    If you haven’t read Scout’s piece I recommend it. http://braves.scout.com/2/1139389.html

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ CarlosCollazo

    @FredOwens@zackflagel11 Thanks guys. Yeah my day pretty much sounds like this on a regular basis:

    wake up at 7

    School from 8-3

    baseball workouts/watch a school basketball game/hang out with my girlfirend after school

    come home and write something

    Then repeat the process over and over again with lots of eating thrown in between each of those things.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ CarlosCollazo

    @FredOwens@zackflagel11 Thanks guys. Yeah my day pretty much sounds like this on a regular basis:

    wake up at 7

    School from 8-3

    baseball workouts/watch a school basketball game/hang out with my girlfirend after school

    come home and write something

    Then repeat the process over and over again with lots of eating thrown in between each of those things.

  • zackflagel11

    @CarlosCollazo Carlos- you’re good at it, you like it, and you’re committed to it, that’s a recipe to success right there, my man!

  • zackflagel11

    @CarlosCollazo @FredOwens Fred– I read the article— it’s a good read, but I don’t agree with it. IT’S ONLY DECEMBER–nobody whatsoever should be panicking! Even if the Braves don’t make a move, with their hopeful improvements to theyounger/slumping players (Heyward, Prado, McCann etc.), I could make a case that we have a legit shot at winning the division… and if we do end up making a move that *improves* our team, we’ll be absolutely in line for the playoffs. IT’S STILL DECEMBER, nobody should panic, neither the fans or especially the management. Carlos wrote about it this morning (again at 5am!), and I agree 100% with him.

    Regarding Bay, I’m not interested. Regardless if Prado is “a 2B playing LF,” his bat is better than Bay’s at this point in his career IMO. He’s completely fallen off the cliff from the RedSox to the Mets, and I can’t really comprehend why it is that HUGE of a difference. It’s a nice idea, but I’ll pass on this one.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ CarlosCollazo

    @zackflagel11@FredOwens Haha I hope you don’t think I get up at 5 to write it. I write a couple things a day and when I write later at night I schedule it for the next morning.

  • zackflagel11

    @CarlosCollazo Carlos- you’re good at it, you like it, and you’re committed to it, that’s a recipe to success right there, my man!

  • zackflagel11

    @CarlosCollazo @FredOwens Fred– I read the article— it’s a good read, but I don’t agree with it. IT’S ONLY DECEMBER–nobody whatsoever should be panicking! Even if the Braves don’t make a move, with their hopeful improvements to theyounger/slumping players (Heyward, Prado, McCann etc.), I could make a case that we have a legit shot at winning the division… and if we do end up making a move that *improves* our team, we’ll be absolutely in line for the playoffs. IT’S STILL DECEMBER, nobody should panic, neither the fans or especially the management. Carlos wrote about it this morning (again at 5am!), and I agree 100% with him.

    Regarding Bay, I’m not interested. Regardless if Prado is “a 2B playing LF,” his bat is better than Bay’s at this point in his career IMO. He’s completely fallen off the cliff from the RedSox to the Mets, and I can’t really comprehend why it is that HUGE of a difference. It’s a nice idea, but I’ll pass on this one.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ CarlosCollazo

    @zackflagel11@FredOwens Haha I hope you don’t think I get up at 5 to write it. I write a couple things a day and when I write later at night I schedule it for the next morning.