posted on Jan, 9 2005 @ 05:29 PM
Free agent Carlos Beltran turned down the biggest contract in Houston Astros history to sign with the New York Mets.
The 27-year-old center fielder made his decision just a few minutes before an 11 p.m. Saturday deadline, the Houston Chronicle reports.
"It slipped through our fingers in the last, last few minutes," said Astros owner Drayton McLane. "It was just some sticking points. It should never,
never have gotten to this."
The Astros' offer was believed to be for seven years and worth more than $105 million.
Beltran helped the Astros to their first playoff series win and was a favorite of the city's baseball fans.
"I think we were very, very competitive with our offer," said McLane. "I have no idea what the (Mets') final offer is, but (Beltran's agent) said ours
was very, very competitive."
United Press International