Schulman: “It would be wrong to rule out a Carlos Beltran return”

By Melissa Felkins

The Giants have a lot of decisions to make in the offseason. Whether to resign Hunter Pence (or, in reality, how big of check they will offer him), Tim Lincecum, and Javier Lopez will probably be on their priority list. However, getting some power in the lineup and shoring up left field will definitely be near the top of that list.

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While there has been a lot of talk about the possibility of playing Brandon Belt in left field and searching for a first baseman, one very interesting tidbit was dropped tonight by the SF Chronicle’s Henry Schulman. He said, that a Carlos Beltran signing by the Giants in the offseason could be an option.

"Interestingly, a Giants source suggested it would be wrong to rule out a Beltran return, even after he and the front office engaged in a war of words about the team’s interest in re-signing him (or lack thereof) after his brief stay in 2011."

I really don’t want to make a mountain out of a molehill, and I fully expect that scenario not to happen, but I admit, my mouth dropped a bit when I read that. Just that it would be on the table surprised me. I think Beltran is a professional, and I think the Giants are a class organization, so I wouldn’t expect a pissing match over whatever went down after the 2011 season. I just didn’t expect it to really be an option.  Perhaps it’s not for Beltran. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking on the Giants’ part, or vice versa. Who knows?

I actually wouldn’t be opposed to it. Of course, Beltran did not have great numbers in San Francisco, but he wasn’t bad. He did hit .323 in 44 games and 179 plate appearances. It’s better than anyone has hit this season. He had better batting numbers that partial season than he did the past two season in St. Louis. But he didn’t hit home runs and spent some time on the disabled list, so many fans saw it as a failed trade. It would be interesting to see what a healthy Beltran could do in San Francisco. Beltran isn’t getting any younger though, so a long-term contract is probably not in his stars, at least not in San Francisco.

What do you think? Would you support a return of Beltran to the Giants or prefer the Giants look elsewhere to solve their scoring problems?