The Mets have announced that Johan Santana will not break camp with the Mets when the team heads north next weekend. Santana has still not been able to pitch off a mound and only today will begin long-tossing, albeit from a distance of just 90 feet.
As much as I would like to see Santana tantalize hitters at Citi Field with his signature change-up, I wouldn’t mind if he took a little extra time before joining the team in New York. Why would I ever want the Mets’ ace to take it slow when the Mets could use his services in Flushing? The answer to that can be summed up in two words.
Even now, Carlos Beltran might still be able to give a hand to the recovering Johan Santana.
In 2011, Carlos Beltran was entering the final year of his seven-year, $119 million contract. The outfielder had not played a full season in the major leagues since 2008 because of an assortment of injuries. When the 2011 campaign opened, the Mets didn’t expect much from Beltran. They were just ...