Posted December 06, 2013

Yankees, Carlos Beltran sign 3-year, $45 million deal

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Carlos Beltran has a career .283 battng average. (Ron Vesely/Getty Images)

Carlos Beltran has a career .283 batting average. (Ron Vesely/Getty Images)

The New York Yankees signed Carlos Beltran to a three-year deal Friday, reports Mike Feinsand of the New York Daily News.

The deal will pay Beltran $45 million over the length of the contract.

The 36-year old Beltran played the previous two seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals, helping the team reach the World Series where they lost to the Boston Red Sox. The All Star outfielder hit .296 with 24 home runs in 2013.

SI WIRE: Mike Napoli, Red Sox agree to 2-year deal worth $32 million

The Yankees lost two players to free agency on Friday with Robinson Cano signing with the Seattle Mariners and Curtis Granderson going to the cross-town New York Mets.


46 comments
DanaBunner
DanaBunner

Sounds like something the SF Giants would do, sign a player who will be 37 to a 3 year deal.  His OPS has been falling, from .910 to .832 to .820.   His WAR has been falling, from 4.5 to 3.8 to 2.4 .  Risky player to throw $45M at.  Odds are that he won't earn it.  But maybe he has another good year in the tank. Better chance that he will have injury woes.

MikeSchultz
MikeSchultz

Well the Team I HATE has put together a Offence that's P.O. Wild Card Worthy but they have ZERO DEPTH an that Pitching is Still Weak even with KURODA coming back which was luck. But L.A. getting MATT GARZA to go with the Best in Baseball in KERSHAW with GREINKE & RYU plus the Bullpen nobody will Stop L.A. But Yeah these are Short Term Fixes for the Yankees, unless they DRAFT & Develop SOME Kids they'll ALWAYS be a Step behind.

ML1
ML1

they need some young guys out there too....under 30.

Phllip
Phllip

Out of all of this, I'm actually happy for Brian McCann. He finally stepped away from a franchise he knew wouldn't win anything anytime soon (the Braves). Sure his numbers have gone down lately, but being on a true contender really motivates players to play better…look at Shane Victorino with the Red Sox..he had an Amazing year. Being a Phillies fan, we all couldn't wait for the day Shane got traded because of his horrible numbers in his last season with them, and now we'd love to see him back playing the way he did with Boston. Hope it works out for Brian

mantle77777
mantle77777

Also...and my last for the night.  I love looking at the stats of Jeter, Rivera, Posada, Bernie Williams and even Pettitte (except for three years in Houston).  Their entire careers as Yankees.  That's the way it should be with several players on your team.  Other's like Paul O'Neil, came to the Yankees by trade, but that's OK too. His great years were as a Yankee.  That's the formula that wins.  

mantle77777
mantle77777

I don't disagree with the decision to let Cano walk.  His demands were ridiculous. I just wish there was a young player or two coming out of the farm system that I could have some confidence in.  

psychsports
psychsports

The signing of Carlos Beltran is a great signing for the New York Yankees for a lot of reasons.

First he adds another dependable bat in the lineup and definitely is an upgrade in right field over who they have now. Ichiro Suzuki and who else?  They cannot have all speed boys in the outfield with similar styles of play.

Beltran adds heft and is more of slugger type than say Suzuki or Brett Gardner.

Derek Jeter more than likely will not be around in three years and Betran will extend his career as a DH. He is a switch hitter and will benefit from the short porch.

The Yankees are doing this in a piecemeal fashion but one that makes a lot of sense. They are in a void in terms of A-Rod and cannot wait on him. Given all that the Yankees could not wait and had to make moves—and they did!

Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and now Beltran what next?


http://psychologyofsports.com/2013/12/07/carlos-beltran-a-brilliant-move-by-yankees/

Batgao
Batgao

What are they doing collecting outfielders? goodness gracious i thought the ellsbury signing is it for the outfielders and time to focus to other needs and yet here they are collecting those outfielders like they are rare species..

mantle77777
mantle77777

I'm a Yankee fan but:  Beltran 22 HRs 94 RBIs .265 BA, McCann, 105 games maybe, probably good production for when he is there, Elsbury, 2 good years and then injuries. Remember he is in his 30's now also.  I feel like it's the 80's all over again.  Sorriano, below average year, just a fluke that he was so good for them this last year. Vernon Wells, not even worth mentioning.  I love Jeter, but sorry, he's done.  Arod too. Done I mean, not that I love him. Tex might be decent if he stays healthy.  Almost no pitching and defense suspect.  They got a long way to go before the next world series appearance.

parkbrav
parkbrav

so the yankees won't sign Cano because they're worried he might get old under the proposed contract and yet they sign Beltran to a three year deal?

PeterWilliamLetheby
PeterWilliamLetheby

So when you sign with the Yankees, do crutches, walkers and wheelchairs come with the deal?

wmontana
wmontana

Yankee Stadium = Retirement Home

PaulColetti
PaulColetti

That's mlb now....everyone is buying..not just the yanks...check the mariners...and mlb...

John02169
John02169

Yankee baseball - If you can't beat them buy them.

CobyPreimesberger
CobyPreimesberger

again this is looking like gardner gone and exactly they need pitching and kelly johnshon he's no cano

lefty757
lefty757

apparently the Yankees haven't figured out that pitching wins titles and they don't have any

josebier
josebier

Ellsbury, Beltran, Gardiner, Wells, Soriano...Man the Yankees have more money tied to their outfield for the upcoming year than the Houston Astros have commited to their entire roster for the next 5 years.

sportsGuy12
sportsGuy12

good signing, who actually thought the Yankees would stand pat

JohnSomers
JohnSomers

Not a Yankee fan but it's fun to see them going for it.

I don't know how good these signings make them, but it sure makes them interesting.

dt
dt

Lmao.  When the Yankees signed Tex, Sabbathia, and Burnett in '08 they had a team that wasn't over the hill.  Now A-Rod is old, Jeter is frail, Cano is gone.  They threw big money at McCann who is still not 100% after injuries, Ellsbury who is injury prone, and now Beltran who is old as hell.  That's over $50 million AAV for old, injury prone guys on top of Jeter, A-Rod, Texeira.  They're not winning this year.  Bank on that.

klawkat
klawkat

Fantastic signing. Better fit than Choo and less costly. This guy is a leader in the clubhouse, a mentor to young players, good communicator, especially Latin players and he can still hit and field. With Yanks, unlike Mets, he does not have to carry the team. I didn't think Yanks would go the third year so I am thrilled. Slim body will be fine at 39, not like Prince or CC or Howard. Yea!

mammothd
mammothd

@DanaBunner a team that won 2 of last 4 world series. a team that has won. that's your point?

Jerkzilla
Jerkzilla

I hear ya man.  When Jeter is gone in a year or 2 there will be no one on the team born a Yankee. 

renee
renee

We are not done by a long shot, my friend! Stay Yankee strong and keep the faith. The money we saved by letting Cano go is going to buy a lot of pitching.

sportsGuy12
sportsGuy12

little risk at 15 million a year, as opposed to 24 million a year, plus the length

parkbrav
parkbrav

I personally hope that the Yankees bring back CMWang for another tilt in the Bronx

sportsGuy12
sportsGuy12

Big Scott Feldman for 10 million, but that's nothing to brag about

John02169
John02169

This is why Cashman will never leave.  If he did not have the money he would have no idea how to put a team together.  They win because they outspend.

JerryBelle
JerryBelle

@dt What I am LMAO'ing at is all the cooments from people sitting behind keyboards writing comments about Jeter being frail.  The guy is a professional baseball player on the NY Yankees and a multi-millionaire, but you keep stroking those keys and typing...not that leaves me LMAO!!!

mantle77777
mantle77777

@renee I hope so.  I'm not giving up, just frustrated.  I've been a fan since 1965, when I was 6 and went to my first game at the old (very old) stadium.  Hey, I will be happy if I'm proven wrong.

parkbrav
parkbrav

true but Beltran will be 39 at the end of this contract, and he has already demonstrated some wear and tear

John02169
John02169

@JerryBelle so how are you doing your comments?  Are you not behind a keyboard?  Jeter may still hit, but in the last 5 years or so he has been BELOW AVERAGE in the field.  If you think that will improve than keep LMAO at all of us.

renee
renee

Does't matter how you got on board, you stayed true for the long haul. That's what counts as a fan. Best of luck to you!

mantle77777
mantle77777

@renee That's cool.  1951.  I was born in 59 in upper Manhattan, way upper. I guess I would have been a Giants fan if they hadn't  have left, because we were closer to the Polo Grounds. My dad was from Philly so he liked the Athletics growing up.  My uncles, mom's brothers, were Phillies fans.  I became a Yankee fan because my best friend in grade school was and his father had played in the minors for the Yankees for a couple of years.  

renee
renee

Good for you! Nobody but a Yankee fan can say that. That's great! The operative words are "and counting".

renee
renee

The Mick was a rookie the year I was born (in the Bronx) and we won it all that year. If Mantle had good legs, ever, he would have set records which would have lasted forever. Oh, and the fellow he replaced in CF had reasonably successful career, too; guy named Di Maggio, or something like that. The Hot Stove isn't even warm yet. It's going to be interesting!

mantle77777
mantle77777

@DEJ1948 @renee Then you saw Rizzuto play.  He was just a voice on the radio to me when I was a kid.  We didn't get a TV until I was a little older.

DEJ1948
DEJ1948

@renee 16 and counting.  Unlike me, It never gets old.

mantle77777
mantle77777

@renee Wow, that's great.  I would've loved to have seen them in those years.  I only got to see Mantle at the end of his career.  You saw all the greats, Mantle, Berra, Ford, Skowron, Bauer, Howard, Kubek, Richardson.  I'm envious.

renee
renee

Then the Yanks have won 7 rings for you. I go back a bit further; they have won 14 on my watch. Let's ask all the haters how many they have. Wait 'till next year. We are due for ring #28!

JM3
JM3

@parkbrav big difference between $240 million and $45 million