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Make no mistake about it; Julio Borbon is hardly Carlos Beltran. He has only one full major league season under his belt, one in which he hit an underwhelming .276 with three home runs, 42 RBI’s, and 15 stolen bases. However, the 24-year-old center fielder fits perfectly with the speed and defense the Mets are preaching at Citi Field, and he brings playoff experience as a member of the American League champion Texas Rangers in 2010.
Of course, the Mets wouldn’t ask for only Borbon in this trade. Pitching is a necessity when downgrading your offense to the extent the Mets would be if they did indeed swap Beltran for Borbon.
However, it’s no secret that Nolan Ryan and the Rangers hold major league ready arms to be a sacred possession. With this being said, the Mets would be hard pressed to acquire an established big league pitcher from Texas. Instead, they could potentially inquire about Martin Perez, the Rangers’ top pitching prospect. Perez is a left handed ace in the making, and at 19 years of age has already drawn comparisons to Johan Santana. He should open up 2010 in either Double-A Frisco or Triple-A Round Rock.
You may be asking yourself why the Rangers would be inclined to deal their top pitching prospect for an aging center fielder. Well, Pairing Carlos Beltran in an already formidable lineup with Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz, Michael Young, Ian Kinsler and Adrian Beltre may prove to be exactly what the Rangers need to get over the hump and ultimately win a World Series in the near future. It certainly would have altered the outcome in last October’s World Series defeat.