SCOTTSDALE — Carlos Beltran remains on the Rangers’ radar, but the other team in Texas appears to be in pursuit of the designated hitter.
According to a source, the Astros are “hot” for Beltran, who spent half a season with Houston before signing with the Mets before the 2005 season. He played two and a half years with the Yankees before being traded to Texas before the trade deadline on August 1.
Beltran, who turns 40 in April, hit .295 with 29 home runs, 93 RBI and an .850 OPS with the Yankees and Rangers last season, playing 73 games as a designated hitter and 69 in right field.
It’s unclear whether Beltran is seeking a one- or two-year deal, though that could ultimately depend on which team he signs with. Having never won a World Series in his 19 seasons in the majors, his first priority will be to sign with a contender.
Beltran played 90 games for the Astros in 2004 after being traded from Kansas City to Houston in June. He hit .258 with 23 home runs and 53 RBI, but he excelled during the postseason, hitting .435 with eight homers and 14 RBI in 12 games as the Astros lost to the Cardinals in Game 7 of the NLCS.
He signed a seven-year, $119 million contract with the Mets following that season, leading Houston fans to greet him with a chorus of boos every time he steps on the field at Minute Maid Park.
The Yankees are currently not in the market for a DH, as Brian McCann is slated to fill that role while also serving as the team’s second catcher behind Gary Sanchez. The Yankees could trade McCann, who has drawn plenty of interest from other teams, which would open the DH spot and possibly put Beltran in play.
Houston is in desperate need of a catcher, making the Astros a potential landing spot for McCann as well. McCann has a full no-trade clause and will make the final call if Cashman presents a trade situation to him.
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News