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Red Sox, Yankees could make bids on Carlos Beltran

Oct 27, 2011, 6:13 PM EDT

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The Giants have already made it known that they want to bring outfielder Carlos Beltran back for the 2012 season. But they’re going to have some stiff competition for the 34-year-old impending free agent.

Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York heard from sources on Thursday morning that the Yankees are planning to pursue Beltran this winter, and now Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated is reporting that the Red Sox might also have serious interest.

Beltran posted an impressive .300/.385/.525 batting line with 22 home runs, 39 doubles and 84 RBI in 142 games this season between the Mets and Giants, all the while managing to stay mostly healthy.

Beltran is coming off a contract that paid him $18.5 million annually from 2008-2011. He’ll see a sharp dip in salary in his next deal, but having the Yanks and Sawx involved in talks can only help his bottom line.

  1. frankvzappa - Oct 27, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

  2. nogoodtomedead - Oct 27, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    SO sick of the f’n Yankees and Red Sox. They ruin baseball.

    • baseballisboring - Oct 27, 2011 at 10:52 PM

      Easy there, neither has signed him yet…

      He’s still really good, but I don’t know if the Sox should be looking for an injury prone player right now after the last two years.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 28, 2011 at 1:20 AM

        JD Drew’s successor in RF?

  3. aaronzona2011 - Oct 27, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    pick up beltran then trade reddick, youk, and lars anderson for matt cain

    • baseballisboring - Oct 27, 2011 at 10:54 PM

      have you ever considered applying for a front office job?

  4. rhandome - Oct 27, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    Beltran deserves a megacontract after the season he had. I’d love to have him back on the Giants, but if they have enough money to pursue Beltran, I’d much rather they sign a shortstop (Reyes? Rollins? Uhhh… Scutaro? I dunno). Also the starters are gonna need new contracts soon.

  5. aceshigh11 - Oct 27, 2011 at 7:44 PM

    *makes popcorn and waits for Takshi-whateverthehell his name is to come and complain about Yankee/Red Sox coverage*

  6. toosoxy - Oct 27, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Again? Didn’t we JUST go through this?

  7. yournuts - Oct 27, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    Beltran a Yankee? Forget about it! The Yankees don’t need someone to sit on the DL and come back 50 games before his contract expires.

  8. RickyB - Oct 27, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    What are the odds the Yankees are stating interest publicly about Beltran, only to raise the price for another team that really wants him? Cashman may want to tell the Steinbrothers that he will only sign a new contract if they stay out of any negotiations for Beltran. Injury history is too risky, but a one- or two-year deal would be palatable. He’ll probably get a longer contract from someone, just hope it’s not the Yanks.

  9. stanbrown - Oct 27, 2011 at 11:06 PM

    There are three reasons St Louis lost the world series

    1 – JON JAY – the worst hitter in baseball. Left more men on bases than anyone in recent memory.
    2 – WORST RELIEF PITCHERS – Salas is totally useless as are most of his buddies
    3 – TONY LA RUSSA – for allowing Jon Jay to play.

    • RickyB - Oct 27, 2011 at 11:32 PM

      This wouldn’t be Davidson’s Stan Brown, would it? Sounds just like him!

    • CJ - Oct 28, 2011 at 8:49 AM

      I guess mommy wouldn’t let you stay up and watch the rest of the game, huh?

  10. bigharold - Oct 28, 2011 at 12:50 AM

    Wallace Matthews is a moron so lets start there.

    The Yankees need pitching not OFers. They certainly don’t need a RFer that is older a more injury prone then their current RFer and MORE expensive at that.

    Even the RS who need a RFer don’t need a broken down one that’s a hard swing and a miss from the DL.

    Beltran my well have options but unless he’s willing to sacrifice earnings the Yankees and the RS are among them.

  11. damnyankee13 - Oct 28, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Its just “sources’ stating this, what till the bidding starts

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