Thursday, May 17, 2012

Did Hank Schulman say the Astros couldn't afford Beltran in 2004?

Yes:

Carlos Beltran had been traded twice by long-term employers, the Royals and Mets, and knew the relatively low-budget Astros could not afford him after he nearly carried them to a National League pennant in 2004.

Yes, Beltran signed a 7-year, $119m deal with the Mets in 2005. The Astros opened with a 5-year, $75m deal with an option for a 6th year (which would indicate that it was at least a $90m offer), and ultimately offered six years and $102m before the Mets came in with the same math and an extra year.

So no, the "low-budget" Astros "could not afford" Carlos Beltran. But not for a lack of trying.

1 comment:

Terence said...

When you consider NY's 10% state income tax and Texas' 0%, Carlos took 107/7 instead of 102/6. This is why I still boo this guy everytime he appears at MMP.