Beltran last played in New York as a member of the Mets and he could certainly be an offensive upgrade for a Yankee squad that finished 2013 next-to-last in the American League in home runs and 10th in runs scored. The 36-year-old has averaged 28 homeruns per year during his past two seasons as a Cardinal.
According to reports, Beltran tried to bring his talents to the Bronx in 2011 by making a contract proposal to the Yankees before signing his two-year deal with St. Louis.
The Yankees have outfielders Alfonso Soriano, Brett Gardner, Ichiro Suzuki and Vernon Wells on the books for 2014.
General manager Brian Cashman was noncommittal when asked earlier this month about whether he would try to upgrade his outfield. “It’s hard for me to really say,” Cashman said. “Ultimately, the truth of the matter is, it’s my job to always find better than what we already have.”
Beltran batted .296 with 24 homers and 84 RBI in 145 regular-season games this season for the Cardinals.
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