In Carlos's Met tenure, the Mets went from pathetic, to an over .500 finish in 2005, to a stellar 2006, to a competitive yet frustrating 2007 and 2008. Need proof of his value? Look at 2009 and 2010, when he, for the most part, was not there. Both seasons were disasters. Need more proof? Beltran is a lifetime .282 hitter, with 295 HRs and 292 SBs. Yes, this man is a stud horse. Unfortunately, the ignorant remember him only for his strikeout against Wainwright. Beltran's career dwarfs that moment.
As fans, all we can do is look at who might be coming back. The current thinking is that the Phillies may be willing to part with Dominic Brown. Brown's 2011 stats show a .247 avg with 5 HRs. He has been considered a top prospect. Realistically, if the Phils offer Brown, the Mets have to take it. Carlos is not coming back in 2012, and to steal a top prospect at this point, the Mets should consider themselves fortunate. It's painful, but the right thing to do. I have no comment on helping the Phillies win a WS. I'll puke on that one later.
At least, word today is that they'll keep Izzy. Smart move. Let him do his job on the mound, and off the mound, as he helps groom Parnell. And finally, Johan is set for his first start on 8/21. This may be what they sell to the fans once Beltran is gone. Either way, some breakups are just painful, no matter how much your friends try to distract you.