PHILADELPHIA – Carlos Beltran landed a huge contract after one memorable October. He’s hoping another big postseason will get him a ring.
Beltran joined the San Francisco Giants on Thursday after the defending World Series champions completed a trade to acquire the All-Star outfielder and cash from the New York Mets.
He was in the starting lineup, batting third and playing right field in the series finale against the major league-leading Phillies. The Giants won 4-1, but Beltran was 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.
“These guys have been there before, and everyone knows their role,” Beltran said. “They did a great job last year. They did everything right to win the World Series. They pitched well, they played good defense, they contributed offensively when they needed it most. I’m just coming here to be a part of what they already have and am looking forward to that.”
Adding Beltran upgrades San Francisco’s inconsistent offense, and could help the Giants make another championship run. Beltran first had to approve the deal to the N.L. West leaders, who parted with top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler.
Beltran, who played for the Spokane Indians in 1996, had an incredible postseason with Houston in 2004, batting .435 (20 for 46) with eight homers and 14 RBIs. The Astros lost to St. Louis in seven games in the NLCS.
Beltran’s reward was a $119 million, seven-year deal with the Mets.
“I’m not thinking about ’04. I already got paid for ’04,” Beltran said. “I’m thinking about 2011, and I feel this year I’m healthy, and I’m just looking for a way to be a contributor to the lineup that they already have. I’m just looking forward to jumping in and doing the best I can to help this team continue to win ballgames offensively and defensively.”
The Giants are counting on him to bolster a sagging offense hurt by injuries to Buster Posey and Freddy Sanchez. San Francisco was batting .241 with 66 homers and 373 runs, all numbers that ranked toward the bottom of the N.L.