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November 26, 2013

Rumor Roundup

Beltran to the Bronx?

by Daniel Rathman


Carlos Beltran is Yankees’ top target
General manager Brian Cashman nabbed his first free agent last week, when Brian McCann agreed to a five-year, $85 million hitch with the Yankees that includes a vesting option for the 2019 season. If Cashman has his way, Beltran will soon join McCann in the Bronx.

Mark Feinsand, who covers the Yankees for the New York Daily News, heard from multiple sources that the 36-year-old Beltran is the club’s first-choice outfielder in a market that also includes Shin-Soo Choo and Jacoby Ellsbury. All three outfielders declined qualifying offers, but the Yankees already surrendered the 18th-overall pick to sign McCann, and they will recoup a sandwich-round selection when Curtis Granderson finds a new home.

A three-win player in 2013, Beltran may not be significantly cheaper than Choo and Ellsbury from an average annual value standpoint, but he should settle for a shorter-term commitment. Beltran was underpaid during his two seasons with the Cardinals, earning just $26 million over the duration of a deal that he signed on December 23, 2011, and he is now seeking a three- or four-year pact, per Yahoo’s Tim Brown.

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