Thanks to everyone who commented on the Beltran thread. A few things: That Scott Boras is his agent is no longer a reason why the M’s won’t sign him. Gillick didn’t deal with Boras, but Bavasi has a good relationship with him from his time in Anaheim. Villone’s a Boras guy, for example. Now, the fact that it’s Boras may mean the money is an issue, but Boras himself isn’t a big deal anymore as far as I’m concerned.
As for the money… yeah, it’s not going to be cheap. I don’t care. As many have said, wouldn’t you rather overpay for quality than for Scott Spiezio? Beltran is a premier talent who isn’t old and who plays a premium position. If you’re going to break the bank, this is the sort of guy you do it for. There are a number of contracts coming off the books this winter. After next season, the likes of Boone, Moyer and Cirillo come off. This team makes money hand over fist. Cash shouldn’t be an issue.
Also, I don’t care if signing him means holes next season — this team isn’t winning 90 games next season anyway. Sign Beltran while you can, continue to break in the youngsters next season, and shoot for winning again in 2006. If you finish at .500 next year, great, that’s just gravy. If they go crazy and try to win next year — quick, sign a closer! and a veteran starter! — they won’t get any better in the long-run.
Sign Carlos Beltran.