According to several reports, the Yankees number 1 target in free agency right now is the 36-year-old Carlos Beltran.
Beltran is reportedly seeking a 3-year deal, so it’s only natural he’s the guy Brian Cashman wants.
The team is already filled with a bunch of players in their late 30s such as Vernon Wells who at 35 is already washed up, Ichiro who declined significantly in 2013, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and Alfonso Soriano. Soriano is an exception because he showed last year he still has plenty left in the tank.
There’s little chance that at Beltran’s age, the Yankees can count on him to play right field for 162 games. He would need to be the DH at times and sit out several games in order to keep himself fresh. This is something that is becoming way too common in Yankee land.
The Yankees should be focusing on players that can play everyday because at age 39, Derek Jeter’s days of playing every day at shortstop are over. Joe Girardi would surely want to play him at DH to keep his bat in the lineup and Alex Rodriguez would also need time at DH if he wins his appeal which is certainly possible.
Instead of signing a soon to be 37-year-old, the Yankees should be more focused on signing players that the team can count on to play everyday. There’s only one DH spot, and it’s unclear if Brian Cashman fully understands that.
Yes Carlos Beltran is arguably the greatest post-season hitter…ever, but right here right now, that’s not the direction this team should be going.
What Beltran would be to the Yankees is be a temporary unstable fix that won’t do much of anything for the future of the team.
If Beltran does sign, it might as well just be Old Timers Day at every Yankees game.