carlos beltran has some skills. he got off to a slow start, probably mostly thanks to injury... but when he's on point, he's on point. he's had two games this season with a HR in a steal in the same game. remember, he's playing for a big fat contract... so with proper motivation, he has an outside chance at 40/40 this season, bu 30/30 is far more likely.
i managed to basically trade pat burrell straight up for him while he was injured, and thus far, despite my team's offense sucking as a whole, he's been the biggest brightest spot. once vlad gets hot and gets going, i think my OF of vlad, manny, and beltran will be one of hte most well rounded outfields possible.
and if burrell hits 40, well, i still think 25/25/80 is more valuable than 40/100, so i think, barring injury, that i won that trade pretty easily.
rejoice. i read somewhere that someone cut beltran... that's just plain stupid. the royals are motivated and will be a .500+ team this season if their starters don't implode, so i'm looking forward to seeing just what these boys can do down the stretch in august and beyond.