The offseason has been in full swing for the New York Yankees, which means it is finally time for the rumor mill to get heated. Over the past week, it has been reported that the Yankees and Cardinals’ outfielder Carlos Beltran are mutually interested in the possibility of Beltran donning pinstripes in 2014. If this move were to happen, this would be the second stint in New York City for the 36-year-old Beltran (He will be 37 in April). The Yankees do have a lot of age in the outfield, but even at age 36, Beltran would be a solid addition in terms of power considering he hit 24 home runs this season with 84 RBI’s. Plus, his postseason numbers are up there with some of the all-time greats. He has added to that legacy with ten RBI’s in this year’s postseason. However, Mets’ fans will still tell you about the time he took a called third strike on an Adam Wainwright curveball with the bases loaded in 2006 to lose the NLCS.
On this episode of the Yanks Go Yard Radio Show on the What’s Brewin’ In Sports Radio Network presented by BaldVinny.com, I spoke with Daniel Solzman, the editor of RedBird Rants, about Beltran’s 2013 season and how he could potentially fit in with the Yankees should that move happen this winter. One of the questions I brought up to Daniel was the possibility of Beltran being part of a package that would replace Cano just as he was part of the package that filled the void of Albert Pujols in 2012 in St. Louis. Other topics included:
- Will St. Louis give the qualifying offer and can it deter the Yankees from making the deal?
- Thoughts on Game 5 of the NLCS and the Dodgers’ victory behind Adrian Gonzalez‘s two home runs
- Look ahead to Game 6 (Clayton Kershaw vs. Michael Wacha)
- Reaction to Yasiel Puig and Wainwright’s “Mickey Mouse” comments
- One thing Cardinals have to fix to avoid another series collapse (i.e 2012 NLCS)
- Luxury of Adam Wainwright pitching in a potential Game 7?