Carlos Beltran has cleared waivers, but the Mets center fielder remains difficult to trade, FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi reports.
Beltran, 33, has a no-trade clause in his contact and is due to make $18.5 million next year in the final season of his deal. He also is coming off knee surgery which forced him to miss the first half of this season.
Earlier Tuesday, the New York Times reported the Mets appear willing to deal Beltran in the winter. The newspaper speculated Beltran might be amenable to waiving his no-trade protection if he has an opportunity to go to a city and team he likes.
Beltran’s stats reflect his struggles: He’s batting .195/.300/.312 in 90 plate appearances over 22 games, with one home run and seven RBIs. His outfield defense also has been subpar. Angel Pagan has played well this year and is a threat to to take over for Beltran in center.