NEW YORK -- Because Carlos Beltran isn't "into the computer searching," he wasn't aware of last week's trade rumors linking him to the Red Sox until a family member in Puerto Rico informed him. When he heard, Beltran simply shrugged off the reports. He hadn't received a call from his agent, Scott Boras, nor from Mets general manager Sandy Alderson. And so Beltran correctly assumed there was little substance to the rumors.
"I didn't receive a call from my agent, I didn't receive a call from the organization, so I don't worry about it," Beltran said. "The only thing I have to worry about is to put myself in the condition where I can go to Spring Training and help this team. I'm a Met, and I'm going to continue to work hard until I know something different."
Making that easier is the fact that Beltran is now nearly a full year removed from right knee surgery, giving him -- and the Mets -- hope that he can be more consistent both on offense and defense next season. Already this offseason, Beltran has been able to focus on the lower-body exercises he was forced to ignore last winter, working on strengthening the muscles around his oft-injured knee. Soon, he will begin running at full speed.
"In my situation, unfortunately, it doesn't get better fast," Beltran said. "It's slow. But I'm willing to put my effort in there, and so far I feel good. I feel good, and I've been doing everything I can to be ready."