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.
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“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.”
After missing much of 2009, Beltran had knee surgery in January and didn’t return until mid-July. He’s still using a knee brace and is working to strengthen areas around the knee prior to spring training.
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