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Royals haven’t offered three years and $48 million to Carlos Beltran

Dec 5, 2013, 9:02 PM EDT

We heard earlier this week that free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran had a three-year, $48 million offer in hand from an unidentified team. Most assumed that it came from the Royals, as they have been the hottest team on him recently, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal hears that no such offer was made.

Even if ownership gave approval to make a three-year, $48 million offer, the Royals would likely have to shed some payroll to make room. Billy Butler, who is owed $8 million in 2014, would be the most likely player to be moved. That’s why today’s acquisition of outfielder Norichika Aoki doesn’t necessarily take them out of the mix for Beltran. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported earlier today that nothing is considered imminent and Beltran is more likely to sign at next week’s Winter Meetings, so there’s still time for another team to swoop in.

  1. uyf1950 - Dec 5, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Imagine that, yet another update of a previous rumor that was floated without any basis in fact.

    • mick2014 - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:37 PM

      Charlie Beltran has been rumored to be going to every team in the majors this off season. I think Seattle is his best bet because Cano would give him some great protection.

  2. kcrobert10 - Dec 5, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Well like I’ve said before I’m ok with the royals getting akoi and not spending huge money on Beltran. I think our money should be more focused on guys like hart or infante.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2013 at 8:13 AM

      kcrobert, your owner is cheap, send him a e-mail and tell him spend that money.

      • kcrobert10 - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:05 AM

        No doubt I wish he would sell to the cerner guys.

  3. pisano - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Here’s a clue, if you see the Yankees move Gardner ( for a pitcher) at the winter meetings, you’ll see Beltran in pinstripes shortly thereafter.

  4. chaimtavish - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    If the Mariners sign Cano, they’ll go after Butler. And then David Price. And then, playoffs!

  5. metalhead65 - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    we all know who that team will be and it won’t be the royals. no it will be uncle walt once again swooping in and over paying another ex-cardinal. he just can’t help himself and will give beltran his retirement contract just like he did with ludwick. the only problem is he will likely resemble the beltran from the mets and not the one who played for the cardinals once he signs with the reds.

  6. beelza - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Beltran is going to Detroit for the same reason that Torii Hunter and Joe Nathan did. Carlos is seeking his first ring and he understands his presence will give Detroit the best shot at it.

    • kcrobert10 - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      I wonder are u boys in Detroit ever going to actually win a world sieries. U guys talk a big game and spend like ur a big market team but never do anything. Just my thoughts nothing personal.

      • beelza - Dec 7, 2013 at 12:00 AM

        You can call me boy, but know this, your woman calls me Daddy.

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