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The Yankees are “definitely serious” about Carlos Beltran

Nov 12, 2013, 11:40 AM EDT

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Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that the Yankees are “definitely serious” about signing Carlos Beltran this winter.

Which shouldn’t be a big surprise. Beltran hit .296/.339/.491 with 24 HR for the Cardinals this past year, and that kind of production, be it in a corner outfield spot or in the DH slot would’ve been manna from heaven for the Yankees.

There will no doubt be a lot of suitors for Beltran, of course, so this one may take a while to play out.

  1. proudlycanadian - Nov 12, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    He fits in quite well with the other well seasoned players on the Yankee team. Should be great for team chemistry.

    • stex52 - Nov 12, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      Great shot, PC. I can almost see the sarcasm font in my mind.

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:41 PM

        I originally planned to use geezer; however, given my age, I decided to use another wording.

  2. pastabelly - Nov 12, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    With a depleted farm system, the only way for the Yankees to put out a product befitting of their ticket prices is to sign guys like Beltran and either overpay them or give them multiple year deals. The Yankees need to build a bridge to their future and Beltran could be part of that.

  3. face21000x - Nov 12, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    They will overpay for him. He will get hurt and play 90 games. He will be a great Yankee.

  4. pastabelly - Nov 12, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    I suppose the questions is worth asking why not target Ellsbury before going after Beltran.

  5. stoutfiles - Nov 12, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Beltran is 36. How much longer is he going to produce? My guess is he’s got one, maybe two good season left, and they will probably both be worse than what he did this year.

  6. chiadam - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    This is the Yankees’ version of going young. The only team in MLB made up entirely of guys that can’t drive at night.

  7. johnnysoda - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Bad idea. They’ll pay him way too much money and he won’t come close to producing at the levels he once did. Besides, the Yankees don’t need another outfielder.

    • uyf1950 - Nov 12, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      Johnny, in case you weren’t aware of this the 4 outfielders the Yankees currently have under contract: Gardner, Soriano, Wells and Ichiro are all free agents after the 2014 season. So I would disagree with you about the Yankees having enough outfielders. They do NOT because as it stands right now they may have to go out and get all 3 outfield positions at the end of the 2014 season if they they don’t sign someone this off season.

      • johnnysoda - Nov 12, 2013 at 5:46 PM

        Yeah, but Beltran is still old, and will still be stupidly valuable. If they sign him for two years, even, they’ll have him when he’s 37 and 38. And it’s not like they can’t resign Gardner for a few more years, or even Soriano for another year or two.

        They also have guys in the system- Zolio Almonte was solid during his time last year, and the way-overdue Ronnie Mustelier played well in Triple-A despite being injured for part of the season.

      • uyf1950 - Nov 12, 2013 at 6:10 PM

        Johnny, Soriano has already expressed a desire to retire after the 2014 season plus Soriano is about a year and a half older than Beltran.

        As for the “prospects” you mentioned they are exactly that unproven prospects. Neither Almonte OR Mustelier has any power either one at this point is at most a 4th outfielder neither are what I would consider starting outfielders.

        Yes, then can re-sign Gardner and most likely will but Gardner who will be 31 during the 2014 season relies heavily on his speed not power. How much longer do you think speed will carry Gardner’s performance, maybe 2 or 3 years manning expansive CF for the Yankees.

  8. NYTolstoy - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    This doesn’t make much sense. McCann would be a better option since they don’t have any real catchers available to start. With Soriano Gardner Ichiro and Wells there isn’t a lot of room. Including DH since Derek would more likely need DH time this year. Beltran had the history of getting hurt and this most likely will hurt the yankees in the next two years instead of help.

  9. drewzducks - Nov 12, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    I guess winning isn’t at the top of his list of priorities. By 2015 at least they’ll have plenty of depth at DH. Brilliant !

  10. jfk69 - Nov 12, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Ibanez signing can’t be far behind. They just missed out on Marlon Byrd. So it makes perfect sense that the Yankees feel the need to corner the geriatric outfield market.

  11. thebadguyswon - Nov 12, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Cashman is so stupid. He should have been fired two years ago. I’d love to see that clown try to run a team on a strict budget.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 12, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      Would he also get autonomy from owner interference unlike what he has to deal with now? Or does he only get the benefit of a smaller payroll?

      • TheMorningStar - Nov 12, 2013 at 4:15 PM

        When Cashman ISN’T encumbered by ‘owner interference’ the results speak for themselves

        -Vernon Wells
        - Travis Hafner
        - Kevin Youkillis
        - Brent Lillibridge
        - A barren wasteland of a farm system

        Its no surprise that the only move that worked out this season was when the owners ‘interfered’ i.e., the trade for Alfonso Soriano (over Cashman’s vigorous objection)

        Cashman is an awful GM.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 12, 2013 at 5:35 PM

        Its no surprise that the only move that worked out this season was when the owners ‘interfered’ i.e., the trade for Alfonso Soriano (over Cashman’s vigorous objection)

        Thank god we don’t judge someone based off one year. Or else we’d include trades like Swisher, Granderson, Clemens, Arod, Logan, Justice, etc.

        And how is their farm system barren? I said it at the beginning of this year, that all their prospects were a year+ away. Unfortunately, just like the MLB club, many dealt with injuries. However, the folks at BP/fangraphs/BA don’t think the system is “barren”.

      • thebadguyswon - Nov 12, 2013 at 8:31 PM

        Come on – disasters like Wells, Overbay and that Japanese pitcher a few years ago were all him.

      • deathmonkey41 - Dec 2, 2013 at 10:41 AM

        How is Overbay a disaster? He played pretty well and was picked up for virtually nothing. The Angels are eating most of Wells contract, so he was a relatively low-risk aquisition.

  12. uyf1950 - Nov 12, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    I see a lot of wannabe GM’s here. I wonder how many of you or should I say how many of us said exactly the same thing about David Oritz the past couple of years with his heel injury or his age. How is that working out for the Red Sox.

    All Beltran has done the past couple of years is perform over and over again. And playing right field in Yankee Stadium and DH’ing part time assuming A-Rod gets at least some portion of suspension for the 2014 can only help him stay healthy which he has been the past 2 years with the Cardinals with at least 600 PA’s each year. A 2 year deal $28 to $30MM is probably market value for Beltran and not a bad deal at all for the Yankees.

    BTW, signing Beltran or Choo for that matter would not preclude the Yankees from signing a starting catcher be it McCann or Saltalamacchia or Pierzynski.

  13. 461deep - Nov 12, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Love to sign Carlos for 2 years at 33M as he will pound big in YS. Joining line-up of Cano,Tex, Soriano, and 3rd basemen with power will be nice. He wants 3-4 years so that could stall this but then Hal may not care about 1 more year. Do not hold much confidence that Alex will be back or Jeter producing much while killing team at SS. Pitching big question of course but if Pineda can pitch okay that will help greatly..

  14. deedee2die4 - Nov 12, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Beltan will be great pine seat company for Jeter for 80-100 games. Carlos has the personality to not get jealous over the yearlong Jeter Goodbye show.

  15. disgracedfury - Nov 12, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    For two years he’ll be great.He’ll take a discount to come here and the Yankees need clutch hitter who make contact and Granderson, Teixeira and Cano isn’t that.

  16. stevequinn - Nov 13, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Let’s see, in 2012 Beltran played in 151 games, In 2013 he played in 145. Being in St. Louis, I watched him the past 2 INJURY-FREE years. It’s obvious that most people commenting on this thread don’t have a clue what they’re talking about.

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