The Yankees and Carlos Beltran have agreed to terms on a 3-year $45 million dollar contract, according to sources.
Beltran signing with the Yankees caps off the second crazy day of movement this week in Major League Baseball. Earlier in the day, Robinson Cano signed with the Mariners, Curtis Granderson joined the Mets, and Hiroki Kuroda agreed to return to the Yankees.
Last season with the Cardinals, Beltran hit .296 with 24 home-runs for the National League Champions.
Beltran had been seeking a 3-year deal all off-season, and it appeared the Kansas City Royals were the only team willing to give the 37-year-old the pivotal extra year, until the Yankees budged. Here’s the tweet from Jessica Beltran, Carlos’s wife from this evening.
— Jessica Beltran (@ivanalenin) December 7, 2013
The fact that the Yankees were willing to go to a 3rd year as well as them being closer to a World Series than the Royals, was the deal breaker for Beltran.
Beltran is considered one of the best post-season players ever and has the post-season record for the highest slugging percentage and OPS.
Age will be the biggest concern here. He’s soon to be 37, and with Alfonso Soriano, Ichiro Suzuki, and Vernon Wells all on board for next season, there’s no guarantees that all these players will stay healthy and fresh for the duration of the season.