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Report: Yankees have agreed to a three-year deal with Carlos Beltran

Dec 6, 2013, 9:50 PM EDT

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Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News is reporting that the Yankees have signed free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran to a three-year deal.

Beltran will turn 37 on April 24, so the contract will span his age 37-39 seasons. After a pair of injury-shortened seasons in 2009 and ’10, Beltran has shown lately that he is capable of staying healthy, taking at least 598 trips to the plate in each of the past three seasons, posting an .860 OPS in the process.

Beltran’s stock rose after free agent second baseman Robinson Cano signed with the Mariners, leaving the Yankees with more money to burn on other players than they had anticipated. With Cano off the board, they were reportedly “in on everyone“, including Beltran.

Update: It’s three years, $45 million ($15 million per year), per Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports.

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  1. blynch67 - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:52 PM


    • pjmarn6 - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      Yankees are STOOPID! A ballplayer plays an average of 5 years. Beltran is way over the hill. Rebuild the farm system and get good young players.

      When are these idiots going to learn, you don’t get old players?

  2. blynch67 - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    I love Carlos Beltran in RF @ the Stadium :)

    • pjmarn6 - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      Baseball has become an expensive joke told by idiots who don’t understand the game.
      Baseball players play an average of 5 years. Salaries are ridiculously high and the players don’t produce.
      Management is blind to building a farm system that now, compared to 40 years ago has the whole word to scout and sign promising prospects.
      The American real income goes down, ticket and satellite prices to see games go sky high.
      A few unentitled players and owners get super rich and bleed the public for poor performances.
      At least if you go to see a bad movie, it is over in two hours. Bad players stick around for years due to ridiculous contracts.

      0 0

  3. sjtorpitt - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    They ain’t done yet!
    Infante next?

  4. johnnysoda - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Lose an outfielder, gain an outfielder. Pretty break-even day for the Yankees on that front.

    But, $15,000,000 a year for a 37 year old, at an already oversaturated position for the Yankees? Man…

    • blynch67 - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      That or $60 Million over 4 years for a 33 year old Grandy, who I like, but the Strikeouts!!

      Plus, Beltran is ALL World in October (except for the Muts that one year). Houston, St. Louis, and now NYY.


      • bigharold - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:37 PM

        “That or $60 Million over 4 years for a 33 year old Grandy, who I like, but the Strikeouts!!”

        Yeah but Granderson can plat OF everyday, .. Beltran, not so much. And, strike outs or not take away 2013, which was the result of two freakish HBP, and Grandy put up 84 HRs over his last two full seasons.

        I think a 33 year old HR hitter with good to great OF defense is better than a 37 year old RFer with bum knees. Had the Yankees signed Granderson instead and given the same contract that the Mets did, at the end they’d have a 37 year old OFer rather tan now when Beltran is start out as their 38 year old OFer. Makes one wonder.

        The Yankees gave a contract to Ellsbury that they’d NEVER give to Gardner and yet statistically Ellsbury is that much better than Gardner. They let Granderson walk for the same money per year that they’re giving Beltran yet Beltran isn’t as good defensively and has bad knees.

        I understand why they drew the line in the sand concerning Cano and in the long run I think they’ll be proved right. But, I don’t see logic in signing Ellsbury for what they signed him for in terms of amount or length and Beltran is not a better option than Granderson. I wonder where Gradner will finish his career?

  5. tolan04 - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Trade Gardner for a 2b or sp

  6. keltictim - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    That’s a crap ton of dough for a “old, fragile, man”. The Yankees continue to make the Red Sox look like geniuses.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      Yeah the Sox looked like real geniuses when they hired Bobby V and finished 69-93 for last place in ’12…

      • wendell7 - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:15 AM

        How’d they look in ’13?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:25 AM

        So we’re judging teams based on one year sample sizes now? The Sox missed the playoffs three years in a row, with the last year finishing dead last in the AL E and third worst in the AL. They then signed a bunch of FA and won the WS. Please point out where you were proclaiming them the WS favorites so we can see how clairvoyant you were

      • wendell7 - Dec 7, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        Just asked a question there, stud. Did you use ’12 as a one year sample size? Did I use ’13 as a one year sample size? Who cares? Why don’t you go get your panties unbunched?

        Anyway, .. how’d they look in ’13?

  7. Stiller43 - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    “It’s three years, $45 million ($15 million per year),”

    Phew!! Thanks for doing the math there

  8. slystone111 - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Yet ANOTHER roider? Geez, might as well open up a Biogenesis office IN Yankee Stadium. Will make it easier on Beltran, Teixeira, Rodriguez, etc..

    • cohnjusack - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:20 PM

      This is new. I’ve never once heard Carlos Beltran accused of steroids.

  9. snipedanglecelly13 - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Yankees never fail to spend, mine as well just gave cano his 240 and have a good 2b

  10. nyeagles10 - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Gardner and wells are goners. trade bait for s 2b maybe pitching

    • drewzducks - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:23 PM

      Wells trade bait. You’re a comedian !

      • cackalackyank - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:44 PM

        I agree with you over all…but maybe just a low level minor league player. Also, if they trade Wells the receiving team doesn’t pay him…I think the Angels still pay him.

  11. sleepyirv - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    The sad thing is this still makes the Yankees younger.

  12. buffalo65 - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    The old and expensive get older and more expensive.

  13. markofapro - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Starting pitching STILL sucks. Except for Kuroda

  14. mike5606 - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Love gardner on the Yankees, but it’s hard to see this offseason play out without him being traded. Should bring in a major player though for his value. Pitch him in on a deal for Phillips maybe?

  15. braven4evr - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Yankees wouldn’t pay Cano $25 million at age 31 to 37 but pay this guy $15 plus at 37 to 39…smh

    • bigharold - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:48 PM

      It wasn’t the amount it was the length. The Mariners had to ante up to demonstrate that they were serious about contending, .. like Wearth to the Nationals a few years back.

      Even the Mariners know that in the end Cano will not be carrying his weight relative to his salary and may even be total dead weight on the second half but they needed to make a statement. The Yankees didn’t need to demonstrate their pedigree. In fact, just the opposite. The last thing the Yankees needed was to take on another gigantic 10 year commitment.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      Yankees wouldn’t pay Cano $25 million at age 31 to 37

      That’s precisely what they offered, 7/175. They didn’t want to pay him $24M for age 39, 40 and 41 like the Mariners will.

  16. peterjohnjoseph - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    So, did the Yankees wait the extra 20 minutes to announce this to overshadow the Napoli signing?

    I kid, I just like adding fuel to the fire.

  17. m3dman3 - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Keep em coming!

  18. thebadguyswon - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Gonna be a lot of Yanks on the DL again next year.
    Have fun with that.

  19. smcgaels1997 - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Another day another Yankees overspend

  20. thebadguyswon - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Looks like Tran will never get a ring…oh well. Should have picked Beantown, Carlos.

  21. thebadguyswon - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    A major player for Gardner? ROTFLMFAO.

  22. phillysports1 - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Yankees vs Dodgers WS 2014 . Prediction

    • kinggw - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:27 PM

      Teams that win in the offseason, almost never seem to win when it counts.

  23. deathmonkey41 - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Not really understanding what the plan here is…

    • cackalackyank - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:48 PM

      Obviously can’t say for sure but some previous outfielders seem headed for the trading block.
      Still need a starting 2B, bullpen, and at least one starter.

  24. metitometin - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    What a joke the Yankees are. What a joke baseball has become. Why not cancel the season and let the Yanks write a check for the World Series, since they apparently are again trying to buy their way into the Series. Of course they had no other option than to steal other team’s stars. The Yankees have no farm system, so they’re forced to pilfer other teams’ players. And how bad does baseball look when all the top free agents go to the Yankees because they can offer the most money and about 90% of all teams have no shot at a player like Carlos Beltran. What a joke.

    • Kevin S. - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:28 PM

      This rant’s even funnier coming the day the Yankees got outbid on their own superstar.

      • blynch67 - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:42 PM


        EVERYBODY that wasn’t the Marlins or the Astros had a shot at Beltran.

        Nobody, except the Mariners were willing to pay what Cano wanted.

    • anxovies - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:10 PM

      Quit whining and tell the owners of whatever team you support to take some of that money that they use for expensive cars, long vacations and big houses back into the team. If the Yankee owners are willing to open their pockets to give their fans a good team more power to them.

  25. brewcrewfan54 - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    HAppy to see him leave the NL Central.

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