The New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand reported this week that the Yankees could be looking to add an outfielder in the offseason and that Beltran might be one of their targets. Beltran’s two-year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals expires after the season, and the thinking is that he might want to go to the Bronx because the ability to DH and play the field would be appealing. He turns 37 next April.
The Daily News says Beltran approached the Yankees and offered them a discounted rate each of the last two times he was a free agent. The Yanks passed each time — first because they had Bernie Williams in center, and second because they had Nick Swisher and were concerned about Beltran’s injuries. Feinsand says Beltran would “strongly consider” signing with the Yankees.
Beltran has proven over the past two seasons with the Cardinals that he can stay healthy and still produce at high levels. He’s also cemented his reputation as one of the best playoff hitters of all time.
It would make plenty of sense for the Yankees and everyone else with money to go after Beltran. I’d say knowing the Yankees’ luck that Beltran would have a down season with them, but I think he’s good enough to continue delivering for a few seasons.Google+