That other New York team (you know, the dysfunctional one) has decided to take issue with their CF for getting surgery on his knee. Apparently, the Mets' medical staff believes they have some secret ability to review and undo surgeries after the fact. Reality TV-esque drama aside, they will be without their starting CF for a good while. This presents an opportunity for a GM with a disciplined mind, rumored martial arts talent and a taste for quasi-Mexican fast food establishments...
The Real Housewives of Citi Field (ESPN Article)
All kidding aside, I do think there is a legitimate opportunity in the making here. The surgery guarantees that Beltran will miss at least a portion of the first half of the season. Complications could always crop up and extend his absence. More importantly, if you read the article, it mentions that the Mets agreed to pay for Beltran's operation but are now balking somewhat at paying his salary. They have since contacted the labor attorneys at MLB HQ and Beltran's agent in order to "affirm their rights". These rights DO include the possibility of not paying part of Beltran's salary, a legal case being made out of it, and Beltran possibly becoming a Free Agent if the Mets lose.
Enter Scott Boras (Beltran's agent) and the ingredients for stupidity are all present.
This is where the Angels and GMJ come in. The man can play CF and we need to move him. The Mets need a CF in the short term and may need one in the long term. We need a starter. Matthews is OK on defense, fast and actually has a fairly strong arm. He hit well with RISP last year and doesn't have a lot of wear and tear over the last two years. He is also a switch hitter.
The money would work in the Mets' favor as well. Beltran is owed something like $17 million per over the next two years if my math is right. GMJ is owed roughly $11 mil per over the next two. They could spend their savings on another starter. If we eat some of the money, the deal is even better for the Mets. If we can move a chunk of GMJ's contract and get a 5th starter, like Oliver Perez or Maine, I'd call it a good deal.
Will this happen? Who knows, but it's an idea.