New York Bust: Pedro Beato

By Jon Perez

One of the biggest stories headed into spring training this year was Mets reliever Pedro Beato. Beato, 25, was supposed to be the savior in Flushing for years to come. That was not meant to be. Pedro Beato was the player to be named later in the deal the Mets made with the Boston Red Sox for catcher Kelly Shoppach.

Beato, the hometown kid, born and raised in Brooklyn, attended Xaverian High School, grew up a Mets fan was living the dream, now his dream has turned into a nightmare not only that he is leaving his boyhood team, but also leaving having accomplished nothing.

Beato’s value two seasons ago would have been so hefty, the team might have been able to acquire a solid outfielder, now he was shipped up to Boston for a six week rental catcher.

Beato had a 10.38 ERA in 4 1/3 innings in the big leagues this year before being demoted to Triple-A Buffalo. Beato didn’t fair much better in the minors as he went 4-4 with a 4.14 ERA in five games (one start).

Thus declaring him a New York Bust.

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