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Don’t count the Giants out on Carlos Beltran yet

Nov 18, 2011, 9:12 PM EDT

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Apparently satisfied with the state of their outfield following the recent acquisition of Melky Cabrera, Jon Heyman of reported last week that the Giants were no longer expected to attempt to bring back Carlos Beltran. It sounded pretty ridiculous at the time and fortunately for Giants fans, that’s not necessarily the case.

According to Buster Olney of, the Giants are still in the market for an outfielder and Beltran is at the top of their list.

The market for Beltran has been strangely quiet in the first couple of weeks of the Hot Stove season. The Red Sox are expected to pursue him, but they are busy attempting to re-sign David Ortiz right now. And we heard something about the Marlins the other day, but let’s be honest, they are in on pretty much everybody and it’s pretty difficult to say whether they are actually serious about any of them. Beltran is one of the top free agents out there, so business should pick up as we get closer to the Winter Meetings next month.

Beltran, who turns 35 in April, batted .300/.385/.525 with 22 homers, 84 RBI and a .910 OPS over 598 plate appearances this season, including a .323/.369/.551 batting line over 44 games with San Francisco.

  1. rhandome - Nov 19, 2011 at 1:18 AM

    Giants can’t afford him unless they bump up they payroll a lot. Unless Beltran takes a backloaded deal; Huff and Rowand come off the books after next season. But with the year Beltran had, why should he? He’s an elite hitter and there’s always a market for those.

  2. proudlycanadian - Nov 19, 2011 at 7:40 AM

    I have more confidence in Heyman than in Olney.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Nov 19, 2011 at 9:14 AM

      you can’t say good stuff about Heyman on HBT – maybe saying he’s not as bad as Olney will get by. I’ll stay tuned.

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