Red Sox Targeting Carlos Beltran
The Boston Red Sox have reportedly targeted outfielder Carlos Beltran, according to Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman. A baseball executive reportedly told Heyman that the All-Star free-agent could get a two-year deal.
Beltran, 34, just finished a seven-year $119 million contract which he signed with the New York Mets in 2005. The slugging outfielder played seven seasons with New York before being traded mid-way through 2011 to the San Francisco Giants.
In 142 games last season, Beltran hit .300/.385/.525 with 22 home runs and 84 RBI. The performance was considered one of the best comebacks of the year, as Beltran had failed to play more than 81 games in a season since 2008. Before being traded to San Francisco, Beltran was named to his sixth All-Star team.
The Red Sox are likely eyeing Beltran to serve as the team’s starting right-fielder after previous starter J.D. Drew became a free-agent this fall. If the team signs Beltran, he would join Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford in Boston’s outfield.