According to the Mets manager Terry Collins, Carlos Beltran will move to right field, which gives Angel Pagan the opportunity to play center field full-time. The announcement is surprising only because the Mets previously seemed adamant about continuing to let Beltran play his natural outfield position despite his lingering knee injuries. However, based on Pagan’s play last season, it is a well deserved promotion.
Beltran, who has three Golden Gloves and was widely considered one of the best defensive center fielders in baseball, is actually taking the move quite well. The veteran told reporters,