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Carlos Beltran likely to land with the Royals?

Dec 3, 2013, 6:11 PM EDT

That’s what ESPN’s Buster Olney is hearing from opposing teams …

Other reporters have confirmed that there is indeed a three-year, $48 million contract offer on the table to Beltran. And if the Royals made it, they’re almost certain to win the bidding for the veteran outfielder.

Beltran proved to be a major steal for the Cardinals on a two-year, $26 million pact that was signed before the start of the 2012 season. A three-year, $48 million deal that covers Beltran’s age 37, 38 and 39 seasons seems much more likely to fall flat, though Kansas City will have the luxury of using him at DH.

Beltran was drafted by the Royals in 1995 and spent the first seven years of his career with the team.

  1. joerymi - Dec 3, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Love the idea of Beltran, but three years is one year too many.

    • cshearing - Dec 4, 2013 at 8:39 AM

      Maybe, but it is probably a requirement for the Royals to land him.

      • mick2014 - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:38 PM

        Welcome back Charlie Beltran!

  2. geoknows - Dec 3, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    “Carlos! Remember that extra $1 million you wanted to resign with us in 2004? The $1 million we wouldn’t come up with back then? The $1 million difference that meant we had to trade you instead? Well, guess what: We found it!”

  3. uyf1950 - Dec 3, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Good luck to whichever team it is that proposed a 3 year deal and $48MM. The 2 combined make for a risky signing especially for a team with limited financial resources.

  4. xjokerz - Dec 3, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    THREE YEARS for a 36 year old who will end up being 40 at the end of this contract.. for damn near 50 million?!


    take him KC

    • salvomania - Dec 3, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      THREE YEARS for a 36 year old who will end up being 40 at the end of this contract.

      No, he’ll be 39. He’s actually only 38 on Opening Day of the third year, with a birthday at the end of April.

  5. huddleup22 - Dec 3, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    I honestly don’t see why so many Royals fans are complaining about this. He’d be a HUGE upgrade over Billy Butler. He’d also instantly become one of our top-2 hitters (Hosmer). Why the hell does the money matter? 2 years ago, could anyone even imagine Glass even thinking of spending this much money for elite players? This would be a terrific signing for the Royals. I’ll assure you one thing, if we do sign Beltran, we won’t be in the garbage level for runs scored again.

  6. mayorrobford - Dec 3, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Ok, I’ll be the guy that looks at the contract and says great deal for the Royals if they get it done. IF they can makes the playoffs, Carlos Beltran has shown the ability to take his game to a legendary level, and that’s easily worth 16 million if he’s a key piece to a trip to the ALCS. Even if he’s 120 game DH by the 3rd year I’d take it for the chance to get into the playoffs with his bat.

  7. cackalackyank - Dec 3, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Wow I wish I could of gotten 16 million for the year I went over the hill…

  8. bigharold - Dec 3, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    “three-year, $48 million contract offer on the table to Beltran.”

    For that kind of money and years the Royals can have him.

  9. slaugin - Dec 3, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    He was smart to let Ells set the market… I bet he gets more than 3/48 now

  10. Carl Hancock - Dec 4, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    If Carlos really wants to get a ring he should re-sign with the Cards at a discount even if it means platooning which would keep him healthy. He’s earned a lot of money in his career. Signing with the Royals would only show his desire to win a ring before he retires was b.s. The Cards are going to continue to contend and are his best bet for winning a World Series out of most of the suitors.

    • pastabelly - Dec 4, 2013 at 7:56 AM

      Why would Beltran want to platoon? With KC, he could DH in year 3 and the Cardinals don’t even want him for three years. Do you really believe players want to play in St Louis so badly that they’re willing to leave over $30 million on the table? There are also other teams interested in Beltran that have opportunities to win the WS, including the one that just won it. KC was not far away from reaching the playoffs last year. Maybe Beltran isn’t enough to get them to 92 wins, but it’s not as if he would be going to a crappy team either.

      • jm91rs - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:21 AM

        But do the Royals have the best fans in baseball?

    • jm91rs - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:21 AM

      First of all, that doesn’t happen. People don’t leave millions and years on the table to win a ring in baseball. Secondly, I believe the Red Sox and Yankees are a suitor and it’s pretty easy to argue they’re just as likely to win the WS next year as the Cards. It’s a crap shoot, so take the money.

    • peter1820 - Dec 4, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      no it would probably be the red sox. they were willing to offer him 2 years guaranteed. that would mean the red sox would move victorino back to his natural position which is centerfield. Altho i do know that Cherington prefers keeping Victorino in right. but the thought of him and david ortiz back to back in the post season would be frightening lol

  11. sportsfan18 - Dec 4, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    What? Many of his fans wanted him to win a ring with the Cardinals last yr and he/they just missed get it.

    The Royals will not get him a ring.

    Beltran has ALREADY earned just a tad under $162 million dollars in his career so far.

    Why wouldn’t he continue to look for a contender, even if it was for a few less bucks?

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