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Royals showing serious interest in Carlos Beltran

Nov 22, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

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The Royals are a “serious threat” to sign free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The 36-year-old has proven himself as a reliable player over the last three seasons, playing in at least 142 games each season while compiling an .860 OPS. He helped his value with a strong post-season performance as well, posting an .852 OPS in 68 trips to the plate in the NLDS against the Pirates, in the NLCS against the Dodgers, and in the World Series against the Red Sox.

Heyman notes that the Rangers and Mariners are in the mix for Beltran’s services, as are the Yankees and Red Sox. Also of note is that if Beltran were to sign a multi-year deal and play well throughout the duration, he could solidify his Hall of Fame case, which would benefit the Royals. He played seven seasons each with the Royals and the Mets, but logged slightly more playing time with the Mets. Going back to Kansas City would make it likely that Beltran would be enshrined wearing a Royals cap.

As for Beltran’s contract, Heyman’s source says that the outfielder has requested a four-year deal, but would likely settle for a three-year deal with the right conditions. Beltran will turn 37 years old on April 24, so a three-year deal would end just before he reaches 40.

  1. jasjbb - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Uhhhh, no, a FIVE year deal would end before he reaches 40.
    Do the math…

    • Bill Baer - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:48 PM

      I made a typo — I wrote 34 instead of 37. My apologies.

    • WhyDoIActuallyCare - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:51 PM

      Some simple fact-checking (and reading earlier in the post) would show you that Beltran is turning 37. Obviously its a typo, but here’s the takeaway. Don’t be an ass. You sound even more foolish because your correcting him by erroneously saying a 5-year deal would take him to age 40.

      • tfbuckfutter - Nov 23, 2013 at 1:41 AM


      • NatsLady - Nov 23, 2013 at 7:12 AM


      • tfbuckfutter - Nov 23, 2013 at 10:13 AM

        Modern keyboards must not come with an apostrophe key.

    • WhyDoIActuallyCare - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:53 PM

      Oh, and now that he edited it, you look even more foolish. Good job.

  2. mick2014 - Nov 23, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Royals traded Beltran in his prime now want him back in his twilight. I hope things to work out for him in KC so he can stay healthy & make HOF, welcome back Charlie Beltran!

    • stex52 - Nov 23, 2013 at 9:16 PM

      Hope he does reasonably well. Three to four years might put him at a shot for the HOF. I see him as more of a Hall of the Very Good type player.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Nov 23, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    This is a really good opportunity to add to his postseason stats.

    • pipkin42 - Nov 23, 2013 at 3:43 AM

      Is this sarcasm? Who knows! It’s funny either way!

  4. NYTolstoy - Nov 23, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    It seems the royals are trying to win now. Having Beltran around would help them contend in that weak division atleast for a wild card spot. They do need another starter, because if Beltran signs their offense will be pretty solid. Hope the Royals do it, so Shields will more likely sign another deal if he thinks these guys will contend for the next 2-3 year’s. Honestly I think Beltran can compete at a strong level even in his late 30s. He’s one of the few players who aged well and has played pretty solid defense and offense in his 33-37 years. Go royals, make your fans excited again.

    • pipkin42 - Nov 23, 2013 at 3:45 AM

      “It seems the royals are trying to win now.”

      Wait. Didn’t that insane Shields/Myers trade prove that Ned needed to make the playoffs, or at least a better showing in the regular season, to keep his job? OF COURSE they’re in win now mode.

      Also, Shields will sign for market value. No more, no less. My guess is 7 years, 175 million.

      • dan1111 - Nov 23, 2013 at 4:18 AM

        That would make Shields the second highest paid pitcher ever (tied for second both in average annual value and total contract size). And assuming he waits until free agency, he will be 33 when his next contract starts.

        Shields is good, but he is not really even in the top tier of starters. I would be very surprised if he gets a mega-deal. Then again, it was also surprising how much the Royals gave up to get him, so you never know.

      • NYTolstoy - Nov 23, 2013 at 4:21 AM

        175 million???? That is one huge guess. Shields will get more then what Verlander, Grienke, Cc Sabathia? When he has never won a Cy young? He was never a top number one guy, he is moreha Burnett, Sherzer, Anibal Sanchez type pitcher, so in the 70-120 million range. You must always go over while watching the price is right. Tisk tisk child (and yes Sherzer just won a cy young but non the less)

      • paperlions - Nov 23, 2013 at 8:31 AM

        Shields came up in 2006. Since then 164 starters have thrown at least 500 innings. Shields has an ERA- (league and park adjusted) of 92, with is good, but also ranks him 48th on that list. As pointed out above, he is an above average starter, but he is not an ace and he’ll be 33 when he hits FA. He’d be lucky to get 4 years and $80M.

    • paperlions - Nov 23, 2013 at 8:28 AM

      Beltran’s defense is actually not pretty solid, but rather 12 kinds of horrible. His knees are shot. He spend most of the year gliding to balls and not catching balls that average RFers catch and not cutting off balls down the line or into the gap that average RFers cut off. He was quite spectacular this year at turning outs into singles and singles into doubles and triples. The knees probably won’t get any better next year. He’d have far more value as a DH, because his defense last year gave back much of the value provided by his bat.

  5. xjokerz - Nov 23, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    couldnt you say almost every team in the AL is after Beltran…

  6. skipcastaneda - Nov 23, 2013 at 4:33 AM

    Beltran is garbage!!!

  7. aphillieated - Nov 23, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Such a good hitter

  8. thomas844 - Nov 23, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    This would be great for the Royals. They have a lot of young talent like Hosmer and Perez, but they would benefit from a veteran presence like Beltran. I know it sounds cliche, but I am a believer that veteran leadership and presence is beneficial to younger players. Plus, I’m sure James Shields would appreciate the extra boost in offense.

  9. xpensivewinos - Nov 23, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Wasn’t one of the first rumors of the off-season about the Royals wanting to trade Billy Butler?

    Trade Butler (easier said than done) and slide Beltran in as DH.

    Done and done.

    However, Beltran has a Yankees or Orioles overpay written all over him…….

  10. stex52 - Nov 23, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Back to the future, eh, Carlos? Close it out where you were before you got on the merry-go-round. He has had a solid career, but too much mileage on the knees. I would go three and figure two years of that at DH.

  11. brianmark1970 - Nov 23, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Reblogged this on Brian's Hobbies.

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