Report: Orioles interested in signing Carlos Beltran
Free agent Carlos Beltran, who drove in 15 runs in 17 playoff games this past season, is being pursued by the Baltimore Orioles, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
Rosenthal said any deal would likely be contingent upon Baltimore clearing Matt Wieters off its books. Wieters will likely make around $8 million in his third year of arbitration eligibility and can be a free agent after the 2015 season.
Beltran, who has eight 100-RBI seasons but none since 2008, hasn’t played for an American League team since Kansas City traded him in 2004. He’ll turn 37 early next season, but the thinking is he’d fit in nicely as the Orioles’ designated hitter.
Wieters has three straight seasons with 20 home runs and is a two-time All Star, but he hit a career low .235 last season.
Sources: #Orioles interested in Beltran. Pursuit may hinge on team clearing Wieters or another high-salaried player.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 15, 2013