Carlos Beltran

Carlos Beltran (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced his starting lineup for tonight’s All-Star Game yesterday, and Carlos Beltran was his pick to be the NL’s DH.

I have to admit that I was not looking forward to the All-Star Game. Knowing that Beltran will definitely play and that he should get more than one at-bat, I’m much more interested in watching now. Watching the “best of the best” play each other lost a little of its impact when I realized that about 10 percent of MLB players got picked for the game. But now I’m looking forward to seeing if Beltran can be an All-Star Game hero. Go figure.

In other news, Francisco Rodriguez has a new agent – Scott Boras. Previously, Rodriguez seemed willing to accept a trade to any contender. Now, he’s only interested if he can be a closer. Fortunately for the Mets, K-Rod can only block a trade to 10 teams. Unfortunately, he’s gotten that much tougher to move.

It looks like Sandy Alderson may need to budget $17.5 million for Rodriguez’s 2012 salary. That probably does not bode well for the Mets’ chances of keeping Mike Pelfrey and Angel Pagan if they want to even try to re-sign Jose Reyes.

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