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Carlos Beltran is drawing interest from the Rockies

Dec 13, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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Carlos Beltran has been linked to surprisingly few teams this offseason, but Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Rockies have shown interest in the switch-hitting outfielder.

However, they’ve shown even stronger interest in Michael Cuddyer, with Jon Heyman of reporting that Colorado made him a three-year offer worth more than $25 million in an effort to lure him away from Minnesota.

That seemingly means Beltran is the Rockies’ fallback plan to Cuddyer, and he’d presumably come cheaper or at least on a shorter contract.

Based strictly on performance Beltran should have been one of the most sought after free agents on the market, but clearly his injury history is scaring some teams off.

  1. mondzy805 - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Why? Stay away from this guy. He’s a DH. That’s all. His knees are shot.

  2. drmonkeyarmy - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    If he is going to be cheaper than Cuddyer, the Phillies should get involved and throw him in LF.

  3. pisano - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    The Yankees should take Beltran and trade Swisher for pitching. Swisher is a free agent after 2012, so if they can get a #3 starter for him, I say go for it. The Yankees have Justin Maxwell and Chris Dickerson at triple A and I know for sure Dickerson can Play right field and they can spot start Beltran and DH him most of the time. It’s real nice to have another switcher hitter , and Beltran will hit a lot of home runs in Yankee stadium.

    • spudchukar - Dec 13, 2011 at 2:31 PM

      Chris Dickerson Really? The same Chris Dickerson that was dumped by the Reds and Milwaukee and owns a .750 lifetime OPS?

      • pisano - Dec 14, 2011 at 12:53 AM

        No, the same Dickerson that was a defensive replacement for Swisher last year. I never said anything about his bat, but the Yankees have enough in house players to replace Swisher in a trade for a pitcher. Beltran would be a big upgrade offensively and could be spelled in right field with what the Yankees have in their system.

    • cintiphil - Dec 13, 2011 at 2:42 PM

      I have doubts about Beltran, but Dickerson is not an every day player, we know here.

      • cintiphil - Dec 13, 2011 at 2:49 PM

        Meant a regular.

  4. themanchine - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Brewers should be in on Beltran and move Hart to CF.

  5. xmatt0926x - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    I don’t get why Beltran hasn’t really been in play this winter. I seem to remember reading a couple items about his moping and lack of leadership over the years so maybe teams feel he isn’t worth it when combined with his risky health. i agree with a prior post wondering why the Phillies haven’t jumped on him for a 1 year deal. He would seem to be the perfect guy to improve the teams overall hitting as well as not needing a commitment for more than 1 season. He would seem to fit into their “go for it all” short-term philosophy they have right now.

    • spudchukar - Dec 13, 2011 at 2:32 PM

      He’s too young for the Phightens.

      • cintiphil - Dec 13, 2011 at 2:43 PM

        Or he doesn’t have enough injuries YET.

  6. SOBEIT - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    The Giants are staying away because he wants a multi-year contract…he is looking for the last payday and not on a 1-2 year deal. I think most teams are looking at him as a fallback option or will wait it out into January to see how the market shapes up for him. I would guess a few teams would jump in once the momentum picks up. We’ll see if a team can steal him for less than he is asking and on a short term contract. But because of his knees, he is looking for a long-term because it’s bound to give out.

    I also think the Giants didn’t like him giving a parting shot saying the Giants need to add more bats before he signs. Obviously we need more offense, but Sabean didn’t like that line being drawn in the sand. I guess that’s why we only had short and general conversations with his agent.

    If Colorado gets him, they will have to worry about too many players getting injured all at once. Cargo, Tulo have not been very durable considering how young they are. And a long term deal does not make sense for a NL team with a long contract for Beltran with no DH fallback.

  7. westcoastredbird - Dec 14, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    He changed agents from Scott Boras to Dan Lozano. The Cardinals are giving his agent about a 50 foot middle finger. What a bad time to switch agents. This would have been Beltran’s landing spot if he hadn’t switched agents. It’s a lose/lose for both the Cards and Beltran but hey it’s just business. And Lozano’s too busy chasing hookers after the Pujols deal. There’s a right fielder in Minnesota that’s available!

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