The Yankees inked the 36-year old switch-hitting, outfielder to a three season, $45 million deal.
The Yankees still have a lot of holes to fill before Spring Training, so one would hope the focus would be more on position and not star-power.
GM Brian Cashman now has to add second-baseman to a to do list that still has two starting pitchers, a lefty specialist, a setup man who can also close if need be, a starting third baseman (A-Rod pending) and hopefully a legit shortstop in case Derek Jeter’s ankle doesn’t hold up, but also to give him more days off.
Someone might want to tell Gardner to start packing his bags because adding Beltran nearly solidifies that he will be traded.
This has been one crazy Friday for baseball’s hot stove, and will make some boring Winter Meetings next week down in Orlando, FL.
- Bob Nightengale from USA Today reported that Curtis Granderson signed a 4-year, $60 million deal with the New York Mets pending a physical.
- ESPN confirmed that Hiroki Kuroda has decided to come back to the Bronx for another season at $16 million.
- ESPN’s Buster Olney tweeted another Yankees signing:
Kelly Johnson's one-year deal with the Yankees is for $3 million.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 5, 2013
A lot of Yankees fans I have talked to keep reiterating that the new guys, Ellsbury, Beltran and McCann have dominate postseason numbers.
Alas, I had to be the Debbie downer, and kindly remind these folks that a team has to make the postseason first. I received a few blank, maddened stares back in return.