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New York Yankees Emerging as the Front Runners to Land St. Louis Cardinals RF Carlos Beltran: Report

November 26th, 2013 at 1:42 PM
By Doug Rush

It's no secret that the New York Yankees want to sign St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran for the 2014 season and Beltran would prefer to sign with the Yankees; something he's wanted to do dating all the way back in the winter of 2004.

So it would come as no surprise that the Yankees are emerging as the front runners to land Beltran in free agency, as George King of the New York Post has reported on Tuesday.

"Carlos Beltran wants a three-year deal and would like to call The Bronx home. The Yankees would love to plant him in right field, but aren’t willing to go beyond two years. Despite the difference, the industry buzz is the sides will eventually find common ground, and the switch-hitter will slide into the middle of the Yankees’ order and take over in right for Ichiro Suzuki. According to a free agent outfielder who the Yankees have talked to, Beltran is going to be a Yankee."
 
King mentioned how Beltran would prefer to sign a three-year deal this winter while the Yankees would prefer to sign him to a two-year deal similar to the one he signed in the winter of 2011 with the Cardinals, which was for two years and $26 million.
 
He did feel that while Beltran is looking for that third season, if he really prefers to come to the Bronx, he and the team will find common ground and maybe work in an option year for Beltran that could work it into a three-year deal, just like the Yankees did with Brian McCann, who signed the veteran catcher to a five-year deal with an option for a sixth-year.
 
Along with the Yankees, the Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles have all been in on the 37-year-old outfielder, but Beltran's main preference going back to October when the season was winding down and it was first reported that he had interest in heading back to New York to play with the Yankees.
 
In 2013, Beltran hit .296 with 24 home runs and 84 RBI for the National League Champions, who fell short to the Red Sox in the World Series last month in six games. Earlier in the month, Beltran rejected the Cardinals one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer as he wanted to not only get a multi-year deal in free agency, but potentially return to the American League so he can play in the outfield as well as the designated hitter spot so he can preserve his knees.

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