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Yankees believed to be frontrunners for Carlos Beltran

Nov 26, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Carlos Beltran has been linked to multiple teams, with the latest being the Mariners, but George King of the New York Post writes that the Yankees are the favorites to sign the 36-year-old switch-hitter.

King reports that Beltran wants a three-year deal and the Yankees are pushing for a two-year deal, but “the industry buzz is the sides will eventually find common ground.”

Robinson Cano is obviously the biggest domino in the Yankees’ offseason plans, but New York has already added catcher Brian McCann on a five-year, $85 million contract and is clearly active pursuing other big-money free agents.

  1. uyf1950 - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    As the saying goes “In for a penny, in for a pound”. In my humble opinion Beltran is the best option for the Yankees he’s very familiar with NY, obviously wants to play for the Yankees and so far in his career has been a monster in the postseason. Those things scream “just do it”.

    • Francisco (FC) - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      In my humble opinion Beltran

      Ah, ah, ah. Post Season Legend Carlos Beltran to you!

    • markb2301 - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:54 AM

      As a Cards fan, I’m not so sure it’s a good move if there’s a logjam at DH. He’s just not a very good RF any more (I didn’t think he was as bad as some metrics would suggest based solely on my uninformed eyes, but still below average) so getting him in the DH slot as much as possible would be great. Unfortunately, it looks like Jeter is going to get a lot of at-bats there.

      I love Beltran, no question he can still hit. But as an everyday right fielder, this move carries risks.

      • uyf1950 - Nov 27, 2013 at 6:45 AM

        Jeter’s primary a singles hitter, sure he will get some at bats DH’ing but I don’t think it’s going to be as many as some think. I think he’s going to get more rest then some think. As for others DH’ing aside from A-Rod who will probably get suspended he’s not going to be on the team. Tex will get some but baring a recurrence of his injury he’s going to be playing 1st mostly with some DH. I think there will be plenty of opportunities for several players to take turns DH’ing. Besides I don’t think fans give Beltran enough credit he has been pretty darn healthy these past 2 years he’s also played a pretty good RF and remember RF in Yankees Stadium is probably a little easier on a player then RF in some other parks. Just my opinion, but he’ll be just fine in NY and he’s just what the Yankees need.

  2. nymets05 - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Typical Yankees….”Want to buy a pennant”?

    • phantomspaceman - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      So the Yankees should not sign any free agents then, I suppose?

    • stex52 - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      Hey, it’s not like they are doing anything against the rules.

    • Jason @ IIATMS - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      Typical Mets fan. “Want to buy some Amway?”

      • chill1184 - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:38 AM

        Typical Yankee fan: “Wheres my welfare check”

      • Jason @ IIATMS - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:54 AM

        That’s almost funny. Those poor, poor SMALL MARKET NEW YORK METSIES.

      • southofheaven81 - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        Typical chill 1184, “Where’s my apostrophe & question mark?”

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:44 AM

      Red Sox had at least 9 FA’s on their roster last year. Were you making the same comment towards them or praising their FO?

    • uyf1950 - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:07 AM

      @ nymets05, typical Mets fan whose owner wants to rip off everyone. Wilpons + Madoff = Match made in HELL.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      But Yankee haters always inform us that our team CAN’T buy a pennant. Now I’m confused

      • paperlions - Nov 26, 2013 at 1:58 PM

        You can’t, unless you win, in which case you can, or something, I guess.

      • Kevin S. - Nov 26, 2013 at 4:34 PM

        You can’t buy a pennant, unless you do, in which case it doesn’t count because you bought it.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:13 AM

        Because all of the other teams simply ask politely for pennants and hope for the best?

    • anxovies - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      That’s the way everybody else does it. Maybe your Mets should try it. Oh, you did…

  3. pisano - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    uyf1950…. I say just get it done, this guy will be a plus to the batting order. I feel he really wants to be a Yankee, so they hopefully will work it out.

    • uyf1950 - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:57 AM

      I think they will. But until the deal is done all we can do is cross our fingers.

  4. Jeremy T - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    So assuming this happens, that leaves the Yankee lineup as:

    C – McCann
    1B – Teixeira
    2B – Adams/Nuñez
    SS – Ryan/Jeter
    3B – Rodriguez/Nix
    LF – Soriano
    CF – Gardner
    RF – Beltran

    Ichiro and Vernon Wells are both still on the team as well, and will probably spend time at DH along with Jeter, Beltran, and Tex.

    SP:
    Sabathia
    Nova
    Phelps
    Pineda
    Warren

    RP:
    Robertson
    other assorted arms…

    That still doesn’t quite look like a championship contending team to me. Maybe if they get both Tanaka and Cano, but 3B and especially SP are still suspect even in that case. Cashman has pulled a lot of rabbits out of hats the last few years, so they’ll probably be in the race somehow, but this is not a team that can be conclusively fixed with a few free agent signings.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      If they re-sign Cano, and outside of the “mystery team” it seems likely, that’s a great offense save the left side of the infield (depending on the length of Arod’s suspension). The starting pitching is the only questionmark, and the Yanks should go all-in on Tanaka. After Tanaka, see if Kuroda wants to come back and a 5 man of CC/Kuroda/Tanaka/Nova/insert random 5th starter should be above average.

      Cashman has always found cheap projects for the bullpen, and while I believe that Robertson would have no issue as a closer, the Yanks are looking at Balfour/Nathan as well.

      However, same issue that haunted the Yanks last year will doom them in ’14; injuries. If they can stay healthy that projected team is far better than last years. Most of these guys will be two years removed from the ALCS. It’s not like they were the Astros/Twins.

    • uyf1950 - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      First off I doubt Adams/Nunez will be the primary players for 2nd base even if they don’t re-sign Cano and I also doubt 3rd base will be a Rodriguez/Nix combination. Just my opinion but I don’t see Nix any any equation for the Yankees on the 25 man active roster.

      Also I think you can scratch at least one of the Phelps / Warren in the starting rotation. One might make it but certainly not both and whichever one or both don’t make it they will be in the bullpen. The Yankees will definitely upgrade your scenario with either Kuroda or Tanaka and or another FA.

      BTW, your last comment “this is not a team that can be conclusively fixed with a few free agent signings”. Why not, they fixed the 2008 Roster with just a few FA’s (Sabathia, Burnett and Tex).

      • Jeremy T - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:31 AM

        Well yeah, I was just describing the roster as it stands right now. I’m not sure this team has the same strong core that the 2008 team did. If not Nix at 3B, who? Nuñez?

      • uyf1950 - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        Jeremy, using your criteria of only the players on the roster the only other infield option would be Dean Anna. BUT, I think we both realize the Yankees are not going to spring training or opening day with the 25 players from their 40 man roster today.

        Certainly I have no inside knowledge but I would have to think if the Yankees do not re-sign Cano then Omar Infante is certainly a player they can and should fall back on. While I’m at it I might as well bring up what if Rodriguez is suspended, which I think is very, very likely. I think it’s just a matter for how long not if. Anyway I digress if A-Rod is suspended for any substantial I can see Juan Uribe being on the Yankees radar, regardless if not Uribe, Reynolds is a much, much better option than Nix.

        That’s all just my opinion.

      • anxovies - Nov 26, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        I look for Mustelier to make a run for 3rd base or even 2nd base if the Yankees don’t sign Cano. He would have made the team if he hadn’t got injured in ST last year and lost much of the season. He can also play the corner outfield positions. He has hit for average at every level, runs the bases and has some pop in his bat. He could be a pleasant surprise. Nix is a handy player to have on the bench and will probably stay that way. Nunez has a good bat and would probably be a .280 +/- hitter if he could improve his fielding enough to stay in the lineup somewhere.

      • jfk69 - Nov 26, 2013 at 3:04 PM

        Mark Reynolds will be signed as he can play third and first

      • mazblast - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:55 AM

        jfk69, have you ever seen Reynolds play third base?

        As Vin Scully would say, “Oh, my…”

  5. stex52 - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    He can still swing the bat, no question. The problem for the Yankees is how to deal with his ever-diminishing mobility. I like two years better than three.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      DH days. Problem solved. They already have Gardner, Soriano, Wells and Ichiro, so they don’t need him in the OF every day

      • stex52 - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:01 PM

        But aren’t they also booked up at DH with Jeter, Tex, etc.?

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:19 PM

        Part of a DH rotation. Beltran can have Tuesday and Thursdays at DH, and the other guys will slot in around him.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:28 PM

        Tex

        Why is he DH’ing?

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        He just missed a whole year with a wrist injury. THe year before that he was hampered by a whole bunch of injuries. Girardi will probably give him some DH days

    • mazblast - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:57 AM

      Over half of the Yankees position players are better suited to DH than playing the field.

  6. doctornature - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Hard to believe. Yanks continue to get ‘younger’ lol. Detroit will sign Cano, so adding a 38 year old with bad knees (Berman redux) makes sense. In related news, Yankees sign a second ambulance team for stadium standby, and an extra oxygen tank being added to the dugout.

  7. xdj511 - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Getting good use out of the “Yankees believed to be frontrunners for _______” macro, I see.

  8. phillysports1 - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Soriano will be your DH. Wells and Ichiro will platoon in the outfield .

    • anxovies - Nov 26, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      Soriano will probably play LF regularly. Ichiro is fading and nobody wants Wells in the lineup on a regular basis. The word is that Soriano finally stopped pouting about being moved from 2B and worked very hard on fielding when he was with the Cubs. It showed with the Yankees last year, he looked pretty good out there.

      • uyf1950 - Nov 26, 2013 at 3:45 PM

        My friend you are exactly right. I would not be the least bit surprised if or better yet when the Yankees sign a regular RF’er that they move Ichiro. Possible back to the Mariners for Ichiro’s farewell tour (one just like Mo had for the Yankees).

  9. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Has Wells been reported to be working out at 3B anywhere this off-season? Really, if he could be just “Mark Reynolds good” with the glove it could solve a host of problems.

  10. ras1tafari - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Back to the old Yankee standby of buying every free agent out there. You NY fans should be so proud. What a hard-working franchise.

    • uyf1950 - Nov 26, 2013 at 3:52 PM

      Back to the same old whiny complaint from a hater. I guess you haven’t bothered to notice or just plain don’t care that the Angels, Tigers, Rangers, Dodgers and even the Red Sox have spent more on free agents over the last 4 years then the Yankees. Of course you don’t care because then what would you do with all that bent up hatred you have for the Yankees.

  11. j0esixpack - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    It’s the offseason – which means the Yankees will over pay aging veterans with long term contracts.

    What could go wrong?

  12. cackalackyank - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Knowing Teixeira I am curious who the backup at first will be? Does Beltran have any 1B ability? If Beltran is signed I would wonder if a move will be made regarding Ichiro/Soriano/Wells? It feels like one of them is not needed if Beltran is added even considering DH duty. Jeter and McCann already would figure to have dibs on @ half of those AB’s I agree with others that if Cano is not resigned, the infield mix is not likely to just be Adams/Nunez/Nix etc. At least one more piece is needed. I think a Chavez return or Reynolds would make sense. Then there will be at least one or two rotation related moves. Bullpen is anyone’s guess.

    • jfk69 - Nov 26, 2013 at 3:10 PM

      Mark Reynolds

  13. xjokerz - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    believed?… sounds like some sound reporting.

  14. spacemaker101 - Nov 26, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    You think the Yankees would try to upgrade their farm system after blowing so much money on “superstars” lol jeter playing shortstop is a joke.. I give him 20 total games this year

  15. rdillon99 - Nov 26, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    King reports that Beltran wants a three-year deal and the Yankees are pushing for a two-year deal, but “the industry buzz is the sides will eventually find common ground.”
    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    How about a 2.5 year deal?

  16. jfk69 - Nov 26, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    If Beltran resigned with the Mets he would be out the first week with a knee injury. With the Yankees..He won’t want to be out of the lineup.

  17. hockeyfan28 - Nov 26, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Man that’s alot of names and alot of age they remind me of the Phillies of the last few years trying to squeeze one more title for Derek Jeter before he calls it quits

  18. mazblast - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Didn’t we see this headline every other time Beltran has been a free agent?

  19. lurker - Nov 27, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Give Beltran 2 years not 3

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