NEW YORK (AP) — Carlos Beltran would consider waiving his no-trade clause if the New York Mets approach him with a deal.
The 33-year-old outfielder was limited to 64 games this year and 81 the previous season because of right knee injuries. He is owed $18.5 million in the final season of his contract.
“When they approach me, I have to call my agent,” he said Thursday. “I have to listen. I know that I have the no-trade clause, but if the team is searching or looking to trade a guy, I have to listen. I want to be a Met. I want to finish my career with the Mets.”
A five-time All-Star, Beltran also would consider a shift to a corner outfield spot with the Mets but prefers to stay in center.
“In my heart, if that happens, I have to listen,” he said. “Personally, me feeling the way I feel and looking forward to getting to spring training feeling 100 percent, I still feel that I can play center field, but if the organization has different things in mind, then we have to talk about it.”
Beltran is preparing for the opening next year of his high school with a baseball academy attached in Puerto Rico, and new Mets general manager Sandy Alderson plans to visit him this weekend to attend a fundraiser for the school Saturday night.
After missing much of 2009, Beltran had knee surgery in January — the team claimed without permission — and didn’t return until mid-July. His season was cut short by a few days due to inflammation.
He’s still using a knee brace and is working to strengthen areas around the knee. He’s working on a bicycle and plans to amp up workouts late next month or in January.
“Right now, my mentality is just to come back next year 100 percent to help this team win a championship, but at the same time, if the organization is looking at different options, I have to be aware,” he said.
Beltran has donated $2 million toward construction of the high school and academy, which is estimated to cost $6.5 million. It will be used by about 180 children.
“I see myself going to this place every day because I want to be part of it,” he said. “I want to share everything I know with these kids.”
Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.
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