• Yankees Sign Carlos Beltran

    Posted by on December 6th, 2013 · Comments (7)

    The story.

    No question, he is better than Vernon Wells.

    Comments on Yankees Sign Carlos Beltran

    1. SteveF
      December 7th, 2013 | 6:40 am

      Gardner, Ellsbury, Beltran, Soriano, Ichiro, Wells for 3 outfield spots and a DH. One of Wells, Ichiro, Soriano probably has to go if the 25 man roster isn’t to be a mess. My guess is Wells gets traded/DFA’d before the season starts given Ichiro is probably the more useful bench player.

    2. #15
      December 7th, 2013 | 8:19 am

      @ SteveF:
      Sounds right to me. They probably wait until late to cover injury issues.

      Beltran’s switch hitting will really help balance the line up.

    3. December 7th, 2013 | 8:37 am

      How many old guys are the Yankees going to have on their roster in 2016?

    4. tampayankeefan
      December 7th, 2013 | 9:15 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      How many old guys are the Yankees going to have on their roster in 2016?

      Don’t you mean 2014? This is a 90-100 loss team.

    5. December 7th, 2013 | 9:40 am

      With this move, and estimating for raises, etc., the Yankees payroll has to be around $175 million now, right? They are really going to need A-Rod suspended if they expect to get a 2B and two SP and still stay under 189.

    6. December 7th, 2013 | 9:44 am

      FWIW, I wonder if A-Rod will bring this up, now that the Yankees have signed Beltran:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/03/sports/baseball/03galea.html?_r=0

    7. Sweet Lou
      December 7th, 2013 | 8:02 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      With this move, and estimating for raises, etc., the Yankees payroll has to be around $175 million now, right?

      $173 million with Carlos Beltran, according to NY Post Payroll Tracker, and that doesn’t include benefits ($10-11 million), allowances for midseason transactions, etc. – the only way they make it is with a large portion of Rodriguez’s $27.5 million coming off the books:

      http://nypost.com/2013/11/05/yankees-payroll-tracker-on-road-to-189m/

      So how was this organization planning on fielding a “championship-caliber” team in 2014 last year, or before the Rodriguez suspension was announced? They could not have done it…

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