The Mets Have Limited Options To Replace Beltran In Centerfield

Jeff SpencerContributor IJanuary 17, 2010

NEW YORK - AUGUST 01:  Angel Pagan #16 of the New York Mets celebrates after hitting a eighth inning grand slam against the Arizona Diamondbacks on August 1, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The surprising decision by Carlos Beltran to get surgery caught the Mets off-guard, and now the Mets current state went from "decent" to frantic."

The Mets have yet to determine how this shocking blow will affect their offseason plans because filling Carlos Beltran's shoes in centerfield is no easy task.

As everyone has said here on Bleacher Report and around the web, when healthy, Carlos Beltran is one of the best in the game and losing his services for the early part of the season is hard. Many might argue that the early stages of the season don't matter, but it's always nice to start off on a good note and not find yourself playing catch-up within the first two weeks of the regular season.

The Mets are currently trying to decide weather or not they should sign another outfielder to fill the gap that Beltran's injury opened. Angel Pagan seems to be the best fit for the team at the moment, although Rick Ankiel (a Scott Boras client) and Alfredo Amezaga seem to be the only center fielders remaining on the free agent market because it's unlikely for Johnny Damon to cover enough ground to play center, and Damon will probably request guaranteed money, something that the Mets will never offer.

I believe that New York's best option lies with Angel Pagan. Last year, Pagan batted .306 with six home runs and 32 runs batted in. When healthy, Pagan can cover plenty of ground in centerfield, provide speed on the base path, and certainly provide big hits. All Pagan needs is a chance.

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