Supposedly, Beltran wants a three-year deal but the Yankees won’t budge, and I don’t blame them.
Beltran turns 37-years old this April, and his age alone is a good enough reason for the Yankees do not concede to his demands.
Can you imagine what the 2014 Opening Day roster if Yankees were to sign Beltran?
It would include a shortstop, a third baseman and two outfielders over the age of 37, which is almost comical.
I do not doubt that Beltran’s bat would crush it hitting within the confines Yankee Stadium, but that is not enough to keep any player on the roster through age 40.
The other question I have is what about Curtis Granderson?
Just five days ago I was reading an article by George E. King of the New York Post called Yankees interested in Granderson return; and Cashman was asked if Yankees wanted to re-sign Granderson. The GM stated:
“He is a serious part. We remain interested. He is not a [fall-back] option.’’
So my question is why even bother courting Beltran at all?
Granderson might strikeout a ton, but he is younger and has proven he can handle the pressure of playing in the Bronx.
I guess the Yankees could trade, excuse me send Ichiro Suzuki elsewhere. And my guess is that move might depend on Hiroki Kuroda’s decision to return as keeping one means the Japanese advertising at the Stadium remains.
Blah, blah, blah… either way I hope that Yankees sign both Beltran and the Grandyman.
But before I finish, let me remind you of something.
Remember back in 2011, when the New York Mets traded Beltran to the Giants?
Beltran had a no trade clause in his contract, and New York Post reported that he had told GM Sandy Alderson:
He (Beltran) made his priorities clear (to Alderson), saying that he strongly preferred the National League because he was familiar with its pitchers and did not want to be a designated hitter.
Well, it is true that everyone has the right to change his or her mind, but according to a tweet from Jorge Castillo of The Star-Ledger, Beltran has not budged.
Interesting that Beltran told the paper he’d like to return to the National League and be on east coast, but he doesn’t have a preference.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) November 27, 2013
The bottom line here, and I will say it as loudly as you can read it…. NO. THIRD. YEAR.
And…FYI…. the Yankees might want to ask Beltran about the truth behind his repeated sentiment of playing in the NL.