With the reports surfacing that Carlos Beltran had surgery, specifically, without the permission of the New York Mets, this leaves the team in a tough situation.
Many people are reporting that the Mets are “threatening some form of action,” according to Joel Sherman.
But they shouldn’t.
Outside of some menial fine or deduction from his contract, I’d be fine with a slap on the wrist and a warning to the rest of the team to never ever do this again.
The problem: If the Mets take a hard stance on this and truly “punish” him in some way (outside of monetarily, I can’t imagine what they’d do), what will that accomplish? Yes, it would warn others to never do it, but between Beltran and the Mets, there will be bad blood.
And that’s something the Mets can’t afford. After these last three seasons, the Mets need to keep their players healthy and happy.
Regardless of the trust for the Mets medical staff (and who can blame him?), the Mets need to shake their finger at Beltran and move on. Anything more will likely created unneeded tension between the player and the team.