Just mere hours after losing Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson, the Yankees have struck back. It appears the Yankees agreed with part of my plan that I laid out earlier tonight and have advocated for all off-season. Seven years after he wanted to be a New York Yankee he is. Tonight, the New York Yankees have agreed to a three-year pact for $45 million with outfielder Carlos Beltran per Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News and Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports.
Beltran deal is $45 m over 3 yrs
— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) December 7, 2013
BREAKING: Source says Yankees and Carlos Beltran have agreed to a three-year deal. More details to come.
— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) December 7, 2013
There were reports over the last few days of how the Yankees didn’t want to go to a third year with Beltran, but it appears that they have relented on that. Beltran will turn 37 in April.
For the St. Louis Cardinals last year he had a .296/.339/.491 line with 24 home runs and 84 RBI and made his eighth all-star game appearance.
Where Beltran really built his reputation is in the postseason. He’s a career .333 hitter with 16 homers and 40 RBI.
Beltran will be the starting right fielder next year which makes Ichiro Suzuki a very expensive fourth outfielder right now at $6 million next year. You have to figure Ichiro will be on the trading block this week at the Winter Meetings.
The Yankees get the switch-hitter in the lineup they needed to help replace the power of Cano and Granderson. Now let’s see how they fill the other holes on the team.