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Wilpons get assist from Beltran

Ex-center fielder's sunshiny story takes some attention from owners' legal woes

Updated: March 1, 2011, 12:44 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- As he weighed the pros and cons of surrender, Carlos Beltran surely did not consider the positive impact his own brand of community service -- a self-imposed transfer to right field -- would have on the men struggling to sign his paychecks.

But Fred and Jeff Wilpon and their partner, Saul Katz, as much a breakout star of the Madoff lawsuit that Roger Clemens was of the Mitchell report, owe their ex-center fielder a bonus -- if only they could afford to give one ...

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