Carlos Beltran DHAstros
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|Date On||Date Off||Transaction||Days||Games||Side||Body Part||Injury||Severity||Surgery Date||Reaggravation|
|2014-09-30||2014-09-30||Off||0||0||Right||Elbow||Surgery||Bone Spur and Loose Bodies||2014-09-30|
|2014-07-09||2014-07-09||On-Alr||0||0||-||Face||Fracture||Small Non Displaced From Batted Ball||-|
|2014-07-07||2014-07-18||7-DL||11||7||-||Head||Concussion||Batted Ball During Batting Practice||-|
|2014-04-18||2014-04-19||DTD||1||1||Right||Shoulder||Soreness||Diving Over Fence||-||-|
|2013-10-25||2013-10-26||DTD||1||0||Right||Trunk||Contusion||Ribcage Running Into Wall||-||-|
|2013-03-01||2013-03-05||Camp||4||0||Right||Contusion||Little Toe HBP||-||-|
|2010-03-26||2010-07-15||60-DL||111||88||Right||Knee||Recovery From Surgery||Removing Cartilage Fragments And Inflammation, and Shaving Bone Spurs||2010-01-13|
|2010-03-01||2010-03-26||Camp||25||0||Right||Knee||Recovery From Surgery||Removing Cartilage Fragments And Inflammation and Shaving Bone Spurs||2010-01-13|
|2010-01-13||2010-01-13||Off||0||0||Right||Knee||Surgery||Removing Cartilage Fragments And Inflammation, and Shaving Bone Spurs||2010-01-13|
|2007-10-03||2007-10-03||Off||0||0||Bilateral||Knee||Surgery||Debridement Patellar Tendon||2007-10-03|
|2006-06-06||2006-06-06||DTD||0||0||Trunk||Contusion||Rib Cage Diving for Ball||-|
|2005-08-12||2005-08-12||On-Alr||0||0||Face||Fracture||Slight In Cheekbone||-|
|2005-08-12||2005-08-17||DTD||5||4||Head||Concussion||Player Collision While Fielding||-|
|2005-08-12||2005-08-12||On-Alr||0||0||Left||Shoulder||Soreness||Diving Into Another Fielder||-|
|2004-06-14||2004-06-15||DTD||1||0||Left||Knee||Contusion||Running Into Structure||-|
|2003-03-27||2003-04-18||15-DL||22||14||Right||Abdomen||Recovery From Strain||Oblique||-|
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|2017-10-24 20:00:00 (link to chat)||Do any of you have a rooting interest in the Series?|
(Jimmie from Mount Holly)
|I grew up a Mets fan, and my grandfather passed on his interest in his hometown Rays to me so ... nah, not really. I kind of want to see some of the players on each team grab a ring (Carlos Beltran, Clayton Kershaw, Curtis Granderson). As far as I'm concerned, I'm just rooting for awesome baseball. (World Series Chat)|
|2014-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Is Carlos Beltran more than just a dead body in 2015?|
(Hope from Hopeville)
|Unlikely, though given his past potential I wouldn't put a strong September past him. (Mike Gianella)|
|2013-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)||People still keep their wallet in the back pocket? Also, Oscar Taveras, whats his playing time and numbers look like next year? ROY front-runner?|
(Tony from Work)
|That is all dependent on whether Carlos Beltran re-signs with the Cardinals or not. Assuming he does not (and they don't sign another OF), I'd say he gets the call before Memorial Day, hits .280 with 15 homers and finishes in the top-3 for RoY voting. If he gets the call on Opening Day, he's the frontrunner for the award. (Bret Sayre)|
|2013-09-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)||One more NL Central question. With Matt Adams coming into his own, and Oscar Taveras still lurking in the minors, does St. Louis try to re-up Carlos Beltran? Or do they risk letting the oft-injured Allen Craig move to right as a regular? I know, what a tough problem to have ...|
(Bill from New Mexico)
|Terrible, right? I would guess Beltran. I don't really like the idea of putting Craig out there, though I guess it's an opportunity to get Craig and Adams in the lineup at the same time if both stay healthy. I still lean Beltran and I think at this age and with his history and decline in offensive production, a one-year deal at maybe a Berkman-like number might do it.
The big question is what cap Beltran wears in the Hall of Fame if he goes. (Zachary Levine)
|2013-06-27 13:15:00 (link to chat)||So the Cardinals have an awesome problem. What are they going to do in 2014 with Oscar Taveras, Kolten Wong, and Matt Adams when Jon Jay, Matt Carpenter, and Allen Craig already in their respective positions?|
(Brady Childs from Boulder)
|I wish we all had the Cardinals' problems. Carlos Beltran will be a free agent, and Craig can play a lot of positions, so finding time for Taveras, Adams, and Craig seems doable. Carpenter's emergence makes Wong a valuable trade chip. (Ben Lindbergh)|
|2013-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Carlos Beltran and Adrian Beltre have 64.8 WAR apiece, sitting behind only A-Rod, Jeter, Pujols, and Halladay among current players. I would say they dramatically underrated because of some combination of the following: 1) they have each played in several different cities, 2) Beltran's massive contract in NY and time in KC, 3) Beltre accumulating so much value by defense.
(Redneck from Northern Florida)
|There seems to be an anti-Beltr* bias at work here. Seriously? I don't know. They are great players. (Geoff Young)|
|2013-01-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)||To me, the most overlooked thing regarding the results of the voting is Kenny Lofton's not receiving the requisite 5% of the vote to remain on the ballot.
1. Do you think in a regular year without a polarizing issue like steroids, would he have received the vote?
2. Now that he can only be inducted by the veterans committee, what do you think his chances are?
3. Do you think his bouncing around from team to team later in his career hurts the voter's perception of him?
I think it's very unfortunate that he won't stay on the ballot. I'm one who, after reading your analysis and through my own observation of him when he was active, certainly would get my vote if I had one.|
(Mike Shumka from Milton, Ontario)
|I think Lofton suffers less because of the steroid protest than the size of the crowd on the ballot and the fact that a certain segment of the electorate dramatically undervalues walks and defense. Nearly all of the Hall's recent injustices fit into that pattern - think of Ron Santo, Bobby Grich and Tim Raines, for example.
Lofton will have a long wait ahead of him if his cause is taken up by the Veterans Committee. Among center field contemporaries, Jim Edmonds, Andruw Jones and Carlos Beltran will all have their cases taken up by the BBWAA, and they've got reasonable merits and similar JAWS scores too. (Jay Jaffe on the Hall of Fame)
|2012-11-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Wondering how the Giants keep winning titles with such a mediocre farm system? The are never ranked very high and they never sign the big free agent guys. What gives?|
(Paul Reiger from Bay)
|The most precise answer is the draft. Their farm systems haven't ranked high because their top draft picks since 2006 -- Lincecum, Bumgarner, Posey -- haven't spent a lot of time in the minors. . John Barr has done a good job, especially considering he's not simply the domestic scouting director but the one who oversees the international front, too. Barr's first draft was 2008 (Posey, Crawford, Surkamp), but in '09 he drafted Zack Wheeler (traded for Carlos Beltran), Tommy Joseph (traded n the deal to land Hunter Pence) and Belt. Brian Wilson and Sergio Romo were also draftees. Romo a 28th rounder in 2005.
It also helps that Bruce Bochy runs a goldilocks clubhouse and they have leaders (Posey, Pence, Wilson) that don't allow things to crumble. (Jason A. Churchill)
|2012-06-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Where is Carlos Beltran's increased power production coming from? He can't possibly keep this up (because he's Carlos Beltran and will get injured at some point). And why are the Cardinal's occasionally throwing him into Center? Don't they know they risk angering the Injury Gods that way?|
(Paul from DC)
|Beltran has always been a great player and has shown 40-HR power before. So it's not like he's coming out of the blue here. But there's no way we could have expected this from a 35 year old player.
Maybe it's what the Cardinals do. Last year, they risked the injury gods by playing Lance Berkman in the outfield everyday and were rewarded with his best season in ages. Maybe that's what they're doing with Beltran this year. If I were him, though, I'd be a bit worried about my health next season. (Larry Granillo)
|2012-06-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)||I've read the occasional article or thread about the HOF chances of Carlos Beltran and Lance Berkman, but not about their teammate, Matt Holliday. At age 32, how close is he to entering serious, reasonable discussions on a viable HOF candidacy?|
(Paul from DC)
|The Beltran and Berkman HOF speculation makes sense. They're both well above average players who are near the end of their career. Holliday is still pretty young, but has certainly been around long enough to consider.
He's a great player. In 8+ seasons, Holliday already has 33.3 WARP. That's no slouch. If he can stay healthy well into his 30s (say 37 or 38) and put up steady numbers, he might have a case. But if he hits a steep decline at, say, 35, I'm not sure his career is long enough or with high enough peaks to be HOF-worthy.
Not that there's anything wrong with being a regular All-Star! (Larry Granillo)
|2012-04-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)||I live in 'Cardinal Nation' and I cannot stand them. Is there any hope they are going to come back to earth and be the average team I think they are? Or should I get used to the fact that they will probably run rough-shot through the NL and return to the World Series|
(Michael from St. Louis, MO)
|I don't think the Cardinals are the best team in the NL, but you've got to hand it to John Mozeliak for the damage control he pulled off this offseason after Pujols left. If he stays healthy, Carlos Beltran for two years and $16 million may be the steal of the winter. (Daniel Rathman)|
|2012-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)||All salaries equal in a 4x4 league who would your rather have Carlos Beltran or Uggla? What are the odds Beltran makes a full year?|
(bumphillips from My house)
|Uggla. 40 percent? (Derek Carty)|
|2011-09-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)||The Cardinals were generally pilloried for the Rasmus trade, but fact is, Raz hasn't exactly prospered in Toronto so far -- to put it mildly. I know, SSS and all, but might the Cardinals have known something about his prospects that the rest of us don't? Has your opinion of the trade changed at all? (Bonus Q: who made the best and the dumbest deadline deals, now that we've had six weeks to see how they've worked?)|
(BillJ from New Mexico)
|Bill, you took "small sample size" out of my mouth--I don't think we can read much into the 92 plate appearances Rasmus has had since becoming a Canadian resident. I absolutely think the Cardinals might have known something no one else did, which is something I and other writers noted at the time the deal went down. You could have said the same about the Braves and Yunel Escobar last season, though, and that's worked out pretty well for Toronto. I don't think whatever problems Rasmus experienced in St. Louis were serious enough to prevent him from being an asset on the field.
As for your second question, it's interesting how quickly the perception of the Carlos Beltran trade to the Giants changed. I wouldn't call them dumb for making that deal, based on what they knew at the time (which is the only standard we can fairly apply), but with Beltran breaking down, Wheeler rolling to the end of the season, and San Francisco falling out of the race, you'd have to think Brian Sabean is already regretting that one, if Brian Sabean is capable of lamenting the acquisition of a veteran. (Ben Lindbergh)
|2011-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Mets - underperforming? That's harsh, Mr Bepler. I'd say with this front office we can return to the postseason in three years....what say you, Mr. Jaffe? |
(Fred Wilpon from NY)
|I think it can be argued that the Mets are overachieving relative to expectations - they're a .500ish team that has actually had some compelling reasons to watch occasionally, particularly with regards to Jose Reyes and the now-departed Carlos Beltran. Three years seems like a reasonable timeline; I certainly wouldn't suggest they're likely to be back in the postseason before then given what I know about the upper reaches of their system. (Jay Jaffe)|
|2011-06-29 13:30:00 (link to chat)||Re: All Star Picks - No Carlos Beltran? Really? 140 OPS+ and a 2.4 WAR (BR).|
(mef from Brooklyn)
|He was under consideration but there were only so many slots available. He also didn't score quite as high in our WARP metric as he did in WAR. (John Perrotto)|
|2011-05-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Explain why Carlos Beltran does or does not make sense for the Rays if they are still alive at the deadline.|
(PMCY from Moms basement)
|It depends on what their roster looks like. If Desmond Jennings and/or Brandon Guyer are up with Johnny Damon still at designated hitter, then they really don't have room for Beltran. Plus, the finances and prospect return required. I'm just not sure it's realistic at this point. (R.J. Anderson)|
|2011-04-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Does Carlos Beltran miss any significant amount of time this year or will he spend the whole year at 85% playing 5-6 games/week?|
(mef from Brooklyn)
|CHIPPER and I foresee at least one extended absence. (Ben Lindbergh)|
|2010-11-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Hi Eric. Last summer, you wrote up the Sportvision '09 summit for ESPN and talked alot about the fielding part. How do you see work like Jeremy Greenhouse, Greg Rybarczyk, and stuff like this (http://whowins.com/wherefieldersfield201007.pdf) from Sportvision '10 fitting in with Field f/x, if and when Sportvision ever releases Field fx? Thanx!|
(Brian from New Athens, IL)
|At last year's summit, Rybarczyk and Matt Thomas gave tremendous presentations on ways to improve the accuracy of fielding data. Rybarczyk's presentation dealt with thinking of the field as a compass, and how each outfielder, for instance, will need to move differently to field the same ball. A flyball hit to right-center will require the centerfielder to move southwest while the leftfielder moves northeast. The idea was that the fielders should be evaluated on what they had to do to get to the ball, not whether or not they got to the ball.
Similarly, Thomas's work deals a lot with how far the fielder had to move to field a ball, and is equally important. Knowing this information will help us get past many of the biases our eyes have when watching a game. For instance, Shane Victorino will scurry his little legs to the same flyball Carlos Beltran naturally glides to. Our eyes tell us Victorino made the better play, when in reality Beltran is better to the point that it looks easy. Being able to compare those two plays and then see that they both had to travel the same distance and had the same amount of time to do so will help erase something like that. (Eric Seidman)
|2010-10-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Will Carlos Beltran be on the Mets next season? What about Oliver Perez or Luis Castillo?|
(Steve from CA)
|It's an impossible question to answer until we know who the GM is and if he can persuade the Wilpons to swallow a lot of money in bad contracts (i.e. Perez and Castillo). (John Perrotto)|
|2010-08-17 14:45:00 (link to chat)||Will Carlos Beltran ever return to form?|
(Frederick W. Hanft from Shea Stadium)
|Last year he hit .325/.415/.500 in half of a season. This year he has looked worse in his 29 games. But it's 29 games. I don't see why he couldn't do what he did last year, next year. (Eric Seidman)|
|2010-06-23 19:00:00 (link to chat)||Given the obvious inherent uncertain nature of this whole ordeal, what do you really expect of Carlos Beltran when he returns in three weeks?|
(OTSgamer from Dallas, TX)
|He's still Carlos Beltran. I mean, you're hoping that if he's cleared to play that he'll be close to 100% as far as physical ability goes. He's another one you can throw on the pile for "most underrated ballplayers." Which is weird to say - obviously everyone knows he's good, but he's REALLY good. Apparently the Mets expect to rest him a bit more than they usually would, and hopefully they don't use this as reason to bench Pagan on the days Beltran IS playing. (Well, I guess "hopefully" is a subjective term here. Braves, Phillies and Reds fans probably would be happy with that.) (Colin Wyers)|
|2010-05-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Will, just wanted to pass along some breaking news on Carlos Beltran. Apparently he was able to nap this afternoon without pain, and that included waking up for a trip down the hall to the bathroom. He's planning on walking outside to the porch for a glass of iced tea at some point, after which he'll be re-evaluated by team doctors.|
(Phil from NJ)
|Tell you what, let me take the cartilage out of your knees and laugh at you as you try to run. (Will Carroll)|
|2010-05-11 16:30:00 (link to chat)||So far it has been a rough fantasy season for me. I have had 5 players hit the DL already (Miguel Montero, Aaron Hill, Yunel Escobar, Carlos Beltran and Brad Hawpe). So I am playing with a lot of replacement level players. My main question is, should I keep Gordon Beckham and Jason Kubel? They have been in tremendous slumps. and if so, who should I replace them with? Is Ryan Ludwick a better option in the outfield? Please help.|
(csatte1 from Baltimore, MD)
|Gordon Beckham really seems like a young hitter who is adjusting. His BABIP is low because if too many grounders and pop-ups, but he should work that out. Jason Kubel just isn't hitting the ball as hard as last year. Fewer balls hit to the outfield, fewer HR. He's probably working out kinks in his swing, but I can't imagine he's as valuable as Beckham, even though I don't do fantasy baseball so I don't really know league scarcity that well. Ryan Ludwick seems he's just a little less patient hitter with maybe a little more power. Not sure how that plays in here. I guess Ludwick is better especially with Kubel needing to work out some kinks. (Matt Swartz)|
|2010-03-15 16:00:00 (link to chat)||If the mets get off to a bad start, how soon do you replace Manaya and Manuel? Do you consider breaking up the team and try trading the tradable assets like Maine, Pelfrey? Beltran?|
(Mookie from Shea)
|You shouldn't fire a manager or a GM based on a slow start. Minaya and Manuel's record are fairly well-established, and 40-50 games isn't going to tell you a lot more than you know now. My guess is that the Mets will stumble a bit out of the gate. Losing Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes for a month isn't a good recipe for success. If they deserve to be fired, fire them now. As to whether to break up the team, I would shy away from trading Maine/Pelfrey. The Mets, being a New York team, still have the ability to give over-paying contracts to veteran free agents (see: Bay, Jason) who aren't worth what they're being paid, but are still good solid contributors. They could actually reload quickly. (Russell A. Carleton)|
|2010-03-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Will, can you settle - or at least address a question for me. A steroid-obsessed yahoo I know is convinced that Carlos Beltran's knee problems are related to/caused by steroid usage. Avoiding my pointing out, for example, Andre Dawson's knee issues as being rather parallel to Beltran's as a type of player having said problems, he insists that steroids are the cause of the injuries. I suppose my question is twofold, one being perhaps unanswerable. 1) Can steroids be reasonably linked to the kinds of health issues Beltran has had the last few years, and 2) Has Beltran ever been linked to persistent steroid usage?
Many thanks for your time.|
(gilgamesh from NYC)
|1) No, but reason and steroids seldom go together. I'd agree with the Dawson comp.
2) Beltran has never failed a steroid test to my knowledge. Then again, neither had Manny Ramirez until he did. (Will Carroll)
|2010-02-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)||i'm poking through the Pecota cards and seeing a lot of the same names show up as comps--Carlos Beltran and Cal Ripken are two who have stood out to me. have you ever researched who are the "most-comped" players on Pecota are in any given year?|
(spf from Pecotaville)
|I didn't note any special ones this year, although thanks to Clay opening up the list of possible comps, there were first-time sightings of guys like Sam Rice, Bobby Veach, and Cecil Travis, which as an old-time baseball guy I loved. A few years ago, an obscure Reds or Cubs pitcher from the 60s kept coming up again and again. I'm blanking on his name just now, but it'll come to me... (Steven Goldman)|
|2010-01-14 16:00:00 (link to chat)||Okay, so here's what I'm thinkin; people have had concerns with the Met's decision to sign Jason Bay, you know, with regards his defence. Now Beltran goes down. Shouldn't Omar Minaya make a deal for me...I like New York.|
(Vernon Wells from Toronto?)
|Vernon, I created a little toy defensive system (OPA!) a few years back, and it says that you were actually the worst defensive CF in baseball last year. Plus, that power you used to have is showing signs of fading. So yeah, you probably would do a pretty good imitation of an injured Carlos Beltran. (Russell A. Carleton)|
|2010-01-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Is it me or is Grady Sizemore going to be a complete steal as a mid to late 2nd round pick? Pretty sure he is the only 40/40 threat in baseball. I would take him over Kemp every day and twice on my birthday. |
(Sean Burroughs from Walmart )
|I'm not sure how much his stock has actually fallen, especially with people being worried about Carlos Beltran's health. People might go for Kemp first due to his having a higher AVG, along with potentially more R and more RBI though, so he may fall. Hmm. (Marc Normandin)|
|2009-10-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Are there any historical comps for Jose Reyes' injury history, and if so, does Reyes have a happy future ahead?|
(dianagramr from NYC)
|There are a lot of guys with hamstring issues. What there aren't are a lot of guys who had these issues and stayed an elite player. Look at the speed guys throughout history and you'll seldom see a drop. They started fast, stayed fast, and only trended down with age and even then, more slowly than most would expect. The question now is what is Jose Reyes without his speed? Is he Tony Fernandez or can he become something more like Carlos Beltran? (Will Carroll)|
|2009-06-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)||What's Fuentes upside, or is he the sort of prospect who's all upside at this point? Is dreaming of Carlos Beltran reincarnate stretching it?|
(Wes from Tallahassee)
|He really doesn't have Carlos' power, and never will. I could see him being Beltran - 20 home runs and + 20 steals. (Kevin Goldstein)|
|2009-05-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Steve Phillips spent the better part of 3 hours yesterday telling America about every short coming and misplay Carlos Beltran has ever had in his career. Is there a more under appreciated superstar playing in a big market than Beltran?|
(brian from Brooklyn NY)
|There are a lot of Steve Phillips questions in the queue, and I think the best response I can come up with is that, as sympathetic as I might be that filling air time is a challenge on any network, this was just silly. Beltran's a superb ballplayer, an incredible ballplayer, and a big part of the reason why the Mets will contend. But saying that doesn't really get ratings, does it now? (Christina Kahrl)|
|2009-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Would you consider the Johnny Damon signing a "good signing" for the Yankees? At the time of the deal everyone thought 4 years was too long but he has had a pretty good run with the Yankees... |
(brian from Brooklyn NY)
|I guess overall you can't argue with it. They've gotten .288/.363/.459 in 462 games to date and Damon has been durable but for that one DL stay last year. The real problem with it is that they signed Damon after passing on Carlos Beltran the year before, one of the more inexplicable non-moves in team history.
Now, even if Damon slugs .610 for the rest of the season, I don't think there's a good argument for re-signing him to anything more than a one-year deal, in the same way that they held the line on Bobby Abreu. And if he doesn't slug .610 the rest of the year, we'd have to revisit the one-year part. What you don't want to wind up with is Damon '07 in a corner. (Steven Goldman)
|2009-03-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Is there ever a way you could see the Phillies ranking ahead of the Mets using any system out there? No matter what the Phillies do, the Mets are better, despite the glaring holes at 2B, the outfield corners, and the shaky starting rotation, yet the Mets are a 92-95 win team, year in and year out. |
(Brian from Philly)
|Relax, Phillies fans. Seriously, chill out. Are you really the bunch of pantywaist crybabies so many of you seem to be when we at BP criticize various aspects of your team (Ryan Howard's defense and failings against lefties, for example). I thought you were supposed to be the toughest fans in sports. Your team has a flag that will fly forever, so does it really matter that PECOTA is giving the Mets a few games in the preseason standings?
It's no secret that the Mets underachieved over the last two years, but PECOTA loves loves loves David Wright, Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran in particular, and it has a few more suspicions about the Phillies' staff, particularly the back ends of the rotation and the bullpen, enough to edge the Mets ahead. I wouldn't lose much sleep over it during the first week of March; PECOTA says both teams will be contenders, and you really ought to be able to live with that. (Jay Jaffe)
|2009-02-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Do you think Carlos Gomez becomes that Alex Rios or Carlos Beltran type of player this year. You talked about Gomez in 2007 on a chat?|
(mwashuc06 from Utica,NY)
|Yeah, I think Gomez is very talented. He's a wild stallion at this point but he'll learn under a guy like Ron Gardenhire and that Twins' coaching staff. Gomez is going to be very very good. (John Perrotto)|
|2008-10-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Is there such a thing as a smart longterm contract? Carlos Beltran comes to mind as a deal that was worth it, and I suspect Teixeira will pan out much the same.|
(esther from oakland)
|Bonds. Maddux. Rodriguez. Ramirez. Mussina. Sign the very best players. (Joe Sheehan)|
|2008-02-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Melky Cabrera's got a pretty interesting set of comparables: Carlos Beltran, Coco Crisp, Pete Rose, and Hal McRae. Some good-looking players but (besides Beltran) nobody with too much power. What's the outlook on him? Is he the Yankee CFer of the future?|
(Jim Leyritz from Florida)
|It's confusing, isn't it? This is what I meant about the occasional inscrutability of the comps. If I recall correctly, at Cabrera's age, Beltran had the one bad year of his career... If Coco Crisp is your worst-case scenario, that's not bad, but the Yankees don't have a Jacoby Ellsbury to come along and rescue them... My suspicion is that Crisp is closer to the mark than Beltran or even McRae. The power just isn't there right now, might not ever be there. That leaves us with what... A player who might peak at something pretty decent without rising to the level of the All-Star game. That's not bad, you enjoy it... And then you trade Roberto Kelly for Paul O'Neill. (Steven Goldman)|
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