According to multiple reports, free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran has agreed to a three year deal with the Yankees worth $45 million dollars.
Beltran, who turns 37 in April, received interest from only American League teams – mostly due to the fact that he’ll have to serve as a designated hitter on occasion in order to stay fresh.
I’ll keep this brief, because typing this is making me upset.
I’m not angry at Beltran or the Yankees, I’m simply repulsed that I’ll have to watch one of my favorite players ever play for a team I loathe.
I would’ve loved for the Mets to bring him back, but at three guaranteed years and the dollars he got, banking on Beltran’s knees holding up was too big of a gamble for any National League club. In the American League, Beltran will be able to DH with regularity if needed.
On the plus side, if Beltran ends up in the Hall of Fame, odds are pretty high that he’ll go in as a Met. Before today, he was rumored to be close to a deal with Kansas City – where he spent the first half of his career. If he had returned there and entered the Hall, it likely would’ve been with a Royals insignia on his cap.