Trading Beltran a bigger deal for Mets

K-Rod was a giveaway, but Sandy Anderson can make splash by dealing Beltran

Updated: July 18, 2011, 10:47 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- In playing the addition-by-subtraction game with Francisco Rodriguez, Sandy Alderson looked about as smart as his Oakland protégé, Billy Beane, will surely look in the upcoming "Moneyball" movie starring Brad Pitt.

Alderson acknowledged to fellow executives that the K-Rod trade with Milwaukee amounted to a "giveaway," and yet those same executives viewed the move as the work of an old, steady hand. The general manager of the New York Mets had to find a way, any way, to ...

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