Five Yankees Who Need A Good Spring Training
Sep 9, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Carlos Beltran (36) walks back to the dugout after striking out against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
OF- Carlos Beltran
Carlos Beltran played 109 games last year. Yeah, I was surprised when I saw that too. It certainly didn’t feel like he played in over 100 games with all the injuries he had.
Beltran was an All-Star in 2013. Then he put up a .233/.301/.402 with 15 homers and 49 RBI. There were spurts last season when he looked like his former self. He did hit .300 in July, which was the Yankees best month of the season.
Beltran had to DH in 76 of his 109 games. With all of the older players on the roster this season, that can’t happen. I don’t think Chris Young playing close to 100 games is what the Yankees are going to have in mind this year (more on him later).
Beltran has two years left on his deal. What kind of player will the Yankees have? Will they have a $30 million hole over the next two seasons in the outfield? Or will they have a veteran, switch-hitting stick they can count on in the middle of the order to drive in runs?