New York Yankees, Carlos Beltran Have Mutual Interest In Each Other
Beltran, who has been coming though with a few big hits for the Cards this postseason, will be 37-years-old next April, and will likely have another couple of years left in the tank to put up reasonable numbers with the Yankees.
This wouldn’t be the first time that Beltran has been linked to the Yankees. He had interest to join the Bombers before signing with the New York Mets in 2005 — the Yankees already had Bernie Williams playing center field, so they didn’t have a need for him — and again in 2011 before signing a two-year, $26 million deal with St. Louis — the Yankees had Nick Swisher under contract that season, once again leaving no place for Beltran to sign.
But times are different for this Yankees squad and they are in need of a power bat in the middle of the lineup. Beltran, more than most upcoming free-agents this winter, would fit the bill for that — averaging 28 homers during his past two seasons in St. Louis and 24 per year since making his full-time debut in 1999.
The Yankees already have Brett Gardner, Vernon Wells, Ichiro Suzuki and Alfonso Soriano under contract for the 2013 season. Signing Beltran would like mean that he would be the starting right fielder, while also getting in time at DH.
Wells, who started the season off hot, would most likely see a lot of time on the bench, with Joe Girardi swapping him and Ichiro out to keep both of the outfielders fresh.
Then, of course, there’s Curtis Granderson, who the Yankees are expected to give a qualifying offer to. But if he were to accept the offer — which is very likely — then that would create a problem in signing Beltran. Although, it’s possible that Granderson could decide that he doesn’t want to come back, and instead seek a multi-year deal somewhere else.
After I first reported the news on Twitter, the overall consensus from Yankees fans is that they would welcome Beltran to the Bronx with open arms.
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