Talks are apparently getting serious between Carlos Beltran and the Red Sox
While Beltran's bat would certainly be a welcome addition to their already potent lineup, it's a bit peculiar to see the Red Sox engaging in this sort of full-court press with a 36-year old corner outfielder.
The Sox are definitely in the market for a center fielder, but might be ok with prospect Jackie Bradley, Jr. coming up to fill the empty void created by Jacoby Ellsbury's impending departure.
Beltran, however, is only marketable as a corner outfielder, and therefore would likely be forced into left field, with gold glover Shane Victorino entrenched in right field for the Sox. That could move Daniel Nava to first base (assuming the Sox let Mike Napoli go), and that would result in a production level from the first base position that would be considerably less than most contending teams would like to have.
As appealing as it would be to have Beltran in a lineup with David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Victorino et al, there might not really be a place for him in Boston. This is a curious move by the Red Sox, to say the least. But after 2013, I'm not sure how much I can doubt GM Ben Cherington. He made all the right moves before this season, so hopefully he can do something similar this year.