NEW YORK (WFAN) – The Mets are handling Fred Wilpon’s critical comments about his top players “internally.”
Scott Boras, Carlos Beltran’s agent, has a different approach.
“These statements are not indicative of the Fred Wilpon I know,” Boras told the New York Post on Monday.
In a profile by The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin, Wilpon called himself a “schmuck” for signing the outfielder “based on that one series” when Beltran tore the cover off the ball playing for Houston in the 2004 postseason.
“He’s sixty-five to seventy percent of what he was,” Wilpon said.
Boras refuted Wilpon’s criticism by citing Beltran’s current statistics. The outfielder is batting .280 with 25 RBI for the Mets this season.
“If you’re a member of a team or an organization and respect one another, any evaluation or internal opinion of players currently on the team should stay there,” he said. “If you want success and optimal performance, it’s best to keep those in-house.”
Boras added: “He’s back to being Carlos Beltran. Any owner who had Carlos Beltran playing like this would be very happy.”
Wilpon also called out David Wright and Jose Reyes. The owner called Wright “not a superstar” and said Reyes “won’t get” a Carl Crawford-type contract.
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