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.
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.