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Beltran talks hot, Indians now in mix

Posted on: December 21, 2011 7:47 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2011 12:57 am
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Carlos Beltran continues to sort through interest from at least five clubs -- maybe more -- and hopes to make a decision by Christmas, sources with knowledge of the discussions say.

The Cardinals, Blue Jays, Red Sox and Rays were all said to be "in the mix" on Wednesday, and talks were heating up. By Wednesday night, the Indians had joined them in serious talks with the free agent outfielder.

Beltran is said to have offers for both two and three years, with the dollars varying significantly. He earned $20 million last season in the final summer of a seven-year, $119 million deal.

At this point, the six-time All-Star appears to be weighing his preferred city (cities?) against average annual value (AAV) in yearly salary. The many American League clubs involved suggest that, at this point in his career, teams view Beltran more as a designated hitter than as an everyday outfielder.

While Beltran still prefers the outfield, one source close to him said Wednesday that he would be open to DH'ing part-time.

One team that probably would offer Beltran the most time in the outfield is St. Louis. The Cardinals have been aggressive all along, especially since Albert Pujols signed with the Angels. St. Louis figures to move Lance Berkman to first base and go with Allen Craig in right field, with Matt Holliday in left and Jon Jay in center field. Beltran could mix in both in center and right in a rotating Cardinals cast.

Beltran has intrigued the Blue Jays all winter -- enough, according to a source, that their pursuit remained unchanged after it was revealed this week that the Rangers had won the posting for Japanese free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. In other words, did the Blue Jays, who were believed to be knee-deep in the Yarvish bidding, up their ante after losing the pitcher? No, they've been aggressive all along.

In Toronto, Beltran projects more as a DH-type, because the Jays, of course, have Jose Bautista in right field and Colby Rasmus in center. As of now, they've got newly acquired Ben Francisco, Travis Snider or Eric Thames in left field. Beltran has played very little left field in his career.

The Red Sox have had an exceptionally quiet off-season, losing closer Jonathan Papelbon to the Phillies and so far failing to add any significant pieces. They have been looking for a bat to lengthen their lineup, and with right-fielder J.D. Drew gone, Beltran makes some sense in Boston. Right field can be demanding in Fenway Park, however, with the configuration of the fence, and David Ortiz is back as the Red Sox DH.

Tampa Bay, on a tight budget, needs help at both first base and DH, where Johnny Damon got most of the at-bats last year.

The Indians have been scrounging around for ways to improve their offense all winter, and their late entry into the Beltran talks Wednesday added intrigue as the outfielder moves toward making a final decision. Cleveland has been a distant admirer before -- the Indians spoke with the Mets last July about acquiring him in a deal. Beltran had no-trade powers then and, eventually, approved a deal to San Francisco. The Giants talked about bringing him back early in the off-season but scotched that idea fairly quickly because of a tight budget.

Adding Beltran not only would give Cleveland another potent bat that it seeks, but also depth behind center fielder Grady Sizemore. Banged up severely in recent years, Sizemore has undergone five surgeries in the past two seasons, including one to fix a microfracture in his knee. The Indians are set at the corner outfield spots with Mickey Brantley and Shin Soo-Choo, and at DH with Travis Hafner.

Now 34, Beltran batted .300 with 22 homers, 84 RBI and a .385 on-base percentage in 142 games last summer for the Mets and Giants. He's had serious knee issues in the past but was strong enough to produce an All-Star season in 2011.

The Rockies also were talking with Beltran, but earlier this week they signed former Minnesota Twin Michael Cuddyer to a three-year, $31.5 million deal.
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Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: December 23, 2011 10:49 pm
 

Beltran talks hot, Indians now in mix

sorry got a few years mixed up. the point is beltran outside a 6 week run with houston has NEVER been able to carry a team. the caeds 2 biggest leaders are gone watch he will end up with the best stats that mean nothing to the team



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:33 pm
 

Beltran talks hot, Indians now in mix

beltran is a clubhouse cancer he plays only for himself. he is not a leader. while in kc in 03 the royals in 1st or close to it. dye and sweeney get hurt, beltrans ave drops about 25 points the next 6 weeks. always talked about as a 40-40 guy but at the age of 22 has the constant sore quad. meow....then in a contract year with houston goes crazy the last 6 weeks. gets his 100 mil and never to be heard from again. hope and promise is what you sign, and a locker next to the trainer is what you get
In my opinion using what happen in Kansas City is bad example,  when your 2 best players are out of the lineup you would have expect that Beltran will not do as well then with With Dye and Sweeney in the lineup.

For the record in 2003 Dye was not in Kansas City, He was playing for the Oakland A's.Now Dye was traded from kansas City to Oakland in 2001, It's true he miss almost 70 games. So Dye getting hurt in Oakland will have no impact on what happen to Beltran in Kansas City

St. Louis should have enough leader in the clubhouse that they should be able to deal with Beltran





Since: Jun 23, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 5:29 pm
 

Beltran talks hot, Indians now in mix

HES A SENSITIVE GUY. GO CARDS. YOU CAN WIN AND NEVER GET BOOED.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 4:27 pm
 

Beltran talks hot, Indians now in mix

Hey St. Louis, I've got somethin to fill your Puhols Void.



Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2011 3:08 pm
 

Beltran talks hot, Indians now in mix

beltran is a clubhouse cancer he plays only for himself. he is not a leader. while in kc in 03 the royals in 1st or close to it. dye and sweeney get hurt, beltrans ave drops about 25 points the next 6 weeks. always talked about as a 40-40 guy but at the age of 22 has the constant sore quad. meow....then in a contract year with houston goes crazy the last 6 weeks. gets his 100 mil and never to be heard from again. hope and promise is what you sign, and a locker next to the trainer is what you get



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:07 pm
 

Beltran talks hot, Indians now in mix

The Red Sox need to pass on Carlos Beltran unless they can only get him for 1-2 years. He is past his prime and it's never wise to give a player past his prime more than a 2 year deal. I'd rather go after Yoenis Cespedes whom isn't even in his prime yet then give Carlos Beltran 3 years or more whom is already past his prime.



Since: Apr 1, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Beltran talks hot, Indians now in mix

The Indians already have enough outfielders that can populate the DL. Why would they want to add an overpriced clone to what they already have? I've never been a fan of Beltran's as he's so inconsistant. At times he can look like the best player in the game. At others, he looks like the worst. The Mets clearly overpaid him thinking they'd get the player that had one of the best performances in post-season history, both offensively and defensively. What they ended up with was an average player over the course of his contract. He'll command too much in salary for the Indians to risk. They'd be far better off spending the money elsewhere. in my opinion. That is, if they're actually serious about spending that kind of money to acquire someone like him.



Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2011 11:35 am
 

Beltran talks hot, Indians now in mix

The Cardinals did NOT bungle the Pujols deal. That contract was Not in the teams long term interest. I'm a lifetime Cards fan and I'm glad they let him go. I'll always like Pujols and I don't blame him at all for taking the money and moving to the American League. I wish him well and expect the Cardinals to be just fine without him.



Since: Sep 27, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2011 11:23 am
 

Beltran talks hot, Indians now in mix

I don't see why he would go to Toronto, they have a crowded OF and really, you are going to finish 4th place...pretty much every year.
Cleveland? Pass.


altho i don't even want the blue jays to touch him he would want to go for a couple of reasons.  one being toronto is poised for a run this year. all that fourth place finish stuff your talking is cute but the jays are primed for a run right now and you put beltran behind bautista in front of lawrie and lind and arencibia and rasmus and the blue jays have one of the most dynamic lineups in the bigs. so it's cute to go with the oh the jays gonna finish fourth bit but are you sure that will be the case especially now they have a legit closer and probably gonna get another starter.



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2011 10:21 am
 

Beltran talks hot, Indians now in mix

I just don't see where he would play were he on the Indians. I'm sure he doesn't want to sit on the bench and wait for Grady to get hurt.


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