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Royals “insist” they’ll pursue Carlos Beltran, appear willing to offer three-year deal

Nov 30, 2013, 5:24 PM EDT

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The Yankees were mentioned as the favorites to sign Carlos Beltran earlier this week, but the Royals haven’t given up hopes of reuniting.

According to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, the Royals “insist” that they will pursue Beltran and appear willing to meet his preference of a three-year contract. This comes on the heels of CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman pegging the club as a “serious threat” last weekend.

“We’d love to have him in,” one Royals official said. “One thing about Carlos Beltran is he’s a money player. He’s an RBI guy. He produces.”

As these things usually go, it will all come down to money. With that in mind, the Royals would likely have to shed payroll in order to make room for Beltran. Dutton speculates that Billy Butler could be at the top of the list of available players, along with some of their high-priced relievers. Still, with the Yankees, Tigers, Red Sox, Rangers, Orioles and Mariners all in the mix for Beltran, the bidding could climb higher than the Royals are willing to go.

Beltran, who turns 37 in April, batted .296/.339/.491 with 24 home runs and 84 RBI over 145 games this past season. He spent the first seven years of his career in Kansas City, so if he can return to his roots and remain healthy and productive into his late-30s, it would pretty much clinch him going into the Hall of Fame in a Royals cap.

  1. proudlycanadian - Nov 30, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Three years coincides with the expiry of Drayton Moores extension.

  2. uyf1950 - Nov 30, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    It will be interesting to see what the Royals are willing to offer Beltran on a guaranteed per year basis. Considering Shields is the highest paid Royals player at $13.5MM in 2014. Versus say another team willing to offer him 2 years guaranteed with a 3rd year vesting option at a higher AAV.

  3. pisano - Nov 30, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    No offense, but with all the heavy hitters for the Royals to contend with for Beltran, I’d say their chances fall between slim and none. As my friend says, just my opinion.

    • gibbyfan - Nov 30, 2013 at 8:10 PM

      Think your right Pisano —this will be one of those cases where the lack of competitive balance will be quite evident…..

  4. mick2014 - Dec 1, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Charlie Beltran has averaged 249-7-30 in the 2nd half the last 2 seasons. He gets off to a great all star start, struggles mightily after the break & picks it up in the postseason. The only problem is the Royals won’t sniff the postseason.

  5. unclemosesgreen - Dec 2, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Royals are out shopping for RBI guys. Looking for clutch hitters. Forget about player salaries – re-read the first two sentences & let it sink in that Dayton Moore just got a contract extension.

    There’s not enough BBQ sauce in the world to wash the taste out of KC fans mouths.

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