Mets infielder Jose Reyes received advice on hitting today from his friend, former Mets OF and current Astros DH Carlos Beltran.
"You're never too old to take advice," Reyes wrote on Instagram after working out with Beltran at the Bomberville Indoor Baseball Facility in the Bronx.
Beltran joined Reyes and the Mets in 2005 by signing a seven-year $119 million contract, during which he hit .280 with 149 HR, 208 doubles, 559 RBI, 100 stolen bases, and an .860 OPS.
Sandy Alderson traded Beltran with less than a season left on his contract in a one-for-one deal with the Giants that brought then top prospect Zack Wheeler to the rebuilding Mets.
In December, Beltran, 39, signed a one-year, $16 million deal with the Astros.
"It's very possible that this may be my last go-round," Beltran said in his recent article for The Players Tribune. "So, you better believe I'm going to give it my all."
To say Reyes could learn a lot from Beltran, especially as it pertains to switch hitting, would be an understatement. It's nothing against Jose, but -- as he writes -- you're never too old to learn from a guy like Carlos, who has had an outstanding career and is one of the most intelligent players to ever put on a uniform.
If this is truly Beltran's last season, it means he'll be eligible for the Hall of Fame in five years. If he eventually gets in, it will be a heated and interesting debate about which team's hat he'll wear.
Jul 28, 2006; Beltran celebrates with Reyes after scoring a run at Turner Field | Credit: USA TODAY Sports
In terms of stats, it's the Mets, which I'm all in favor of happening. I always felt Carlos was underrated by most Mets fans, some of which never liked him from the minute he got to town -- mostly because of one at-bat at the end of the 2006 postseason.
However, the fact is, Beltran got to the NLCS, won three Gold Gloves, two Silver Sluggers, and made five All-Star Teams with the Mets. Also, for what it's worth, he's one of the best defensive players and base runners to ever wear a Mets uniform.
It's possible he goes in with the Royals, because that's with whom he entered the league. Had he signed a deal with them to be their DH this season and retired in a Kansas City uniform, it would've made even more sense. He went to Houston instead, where he played in 2004 and had an amazing postseason. The thing is, none of that will change the fact that he spent the most time -- and had his most successful and productive seasons -- with the Mets.