As Spring Training slowly approaches, Carlos Beltran is finally close to being 100 percent for the first time in almost a year. Beltran’s 2014 was largely a disappointment, as he had to battle a bone spur in his throwing elbow. Following a late September surgery, Beltran is finally getting his range of motion back. After being worth 6.3 total WAR in his two years with the St. Louis Cardinals, Beltran played below replacement level for the first time in his career in 2014, posting a -0.2 WAR.
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Beltran is a key component to a Yankees offense that figures to have some struggles, so it is imperative to get him back to full health, and being the staple in the middle of the lineup that he has always been, and was signed to be. If the Yankees are going to compete, they simply need Beltran to be healthy, and producing. With Alex Rodriguez and Garrett Jones figuring to get most of the DH at-bats this season, Beltran must remain healthy enough to play the field. Beltran is such an important piece to this offense, that it is imperative for him to get back to hitting near .300, with around 25 HRs and 90 RBI. Beltran stating that he is getting his range of motion back is the first step in the right direction.