Oct 27, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran hits a RBI single against the Boston Red Sox in the third inning during game four of the MLB baseball World Series at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: H.Darr Beiser-USA TODAY Sports

Red Sox "Aggressively" Pursuing Carlos Beltran


According to George King in the Post, the Red Sox have a strong interest in free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran, and are aggressively pursuing him.  Writes King:

According to a person who knows Carlos Beltran, the switch-hitting right fielder has drawn strong interest from the Yankees’ blood rivals.  The person said the Yankees and Orioles are in on Beltran, too, but the Red Sox have been more aggressive.

With Jacoby Ellsbury a free agent, it’s likely that he’ll leave Boston if he’s able to secure the deal (some have predicted he’ll get more than $120 million) he desires.  The Red Sox have been averse lately to giving out those types of deals to older players, and it stands to reason they won’t make an exception for Ellsbury.

If Ellsbury leaves, an outfield spot opens up for Beltran in Boston.

As is noted above, both the Yankees and Orioles have been linked to Beltran as well.

Thoughts:

It’s been written a million times here and elsewhere, but Beltran is someone the Mets should be strongly considering.  Not because it would be a reunion (though that would be cool), but because he’s still a highly skilled offensive player who would fill a glaring need for the club.

However, there’s a chance that Beltran will look to sign with an American League team.  With his knees hampering his ability to play the outfield, a move to the American League would afford Beltran the opportunity to serve as a designated hitter on occasion.

If Beltran does indeed prefer the American League, the Mets (and any other National League team that has interest) is probably out of luck.  Still, that doesn’t mean Sandy Alderson shouldn’t make the call.

 

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  • Chums

    In hindsight, I now truly value Carlos Beltran’s significant contribution to the NY Mets team as his stats from 2006-2008 were truly phenomenal. Having said that, I think we need to go younger and would rather see the money spent on Choo or in a trade for Yoenis Cespedes. I loved seeing Carlos in the playoffs/WS this past year and truly believe he will provide value add, but given his age and some of the negatives toward the latter portion of his time with the Mets, I just don’t think it’s a good fit. Besides he would benefit from having the opportunity to DH a couple of times per week.

    • Sam Maxwell

      The more the DH is brought up about it all, the more I agree. Personally, though, I want to see both he and the Mets finish what they started together.

    • Chums

      That would be nice.