Beltran to be introduced Tuesday
NEW YORK -- Carlos Beltran passed his physical without incident -- both at the doctor and on the street -- and the New York Mets scheduled a news conference for Tuesday to announce his $119 million, seven-year contract.
With Randy Johnson due to be introduced by the Yankees the same day, the Mets called their neighbor Monday and let them know their shindig at Shea Stadium would be at 11 a.m., because some of the people had to leave town in the afternoon, Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said.
The Yankees scheduled a 2 p.m. announcement in the Bronx to introduce the Big Unit, who got into a little confrontation with a television cameraman on the way to his physical.
At the Mets' minicamp in Port St. Lucie, Fla., manager Willie Randolph was excited about the prospect of having Beltran in his lineup.
"Just to think about having someone of that caliber on your ballclub is awesome," Randolph said.
Beltran will join a retooled roster that includes three-time Cy Young Award winner Pedro Martinez.
"Sometimes they use the word rebuilding, but I think it's tough to rebuild in this type of market," Randolph said. "I assumed we would add some veterans and free agents, but so far it's been a lot more than I expected. I think that ownership has made a serious effort to get back to winning ways, and it's exciting to be part of that."
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Randolph watched Beltran's outstanding postseason with the Houston Astros, when he hit .435 with eight homers and 14 RBI.
"He was phenomenal," Randolph said. "Timing is very important sometimes, but I think for him what he did was always there. It says a lot about him, that he was able to raise his play at the right time."
New York's contract calls for Beltran to receive an $11 million signing bonus. Tuesday is the last day before a change in federal rules makes signing bonuses subject to increased taxes.
"I'm very satisfied because we reached a deal," Beltran told the Puerto Rican newspaper Primera Hora. "The Mets showed genuine interest all the way and were willing to commit the way I wanted them to.
"I hope the Houston fans understand, because I'm very grateful to them. This was a very difficult process. The reason we could not reach a deal with the Astros was because of a no-trade clause.
"The Astros offered me a seven-year contract, but they would not give me a no-trade clause. At this stage in my career I want stability. To be in a city during all the duration of my contract. New York offered me that stability that Houston did not offer."
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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