Carlos Beltran and Red Sox in serious discussions

Talks are apparently getting serious between Carlos Beltran and the Red Sox

11/20/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Oct 27, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran (3) hits a RBI single against the Boston Red Sox in the third inning during game four of the MLB baseball World Series at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: H.Darr Beiser-USA TODAY SportsThe Boston Red Sox have been targeting Carlos Beltran ever since the season ended, and it looks like talks are starting to get pretty serious between them.

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.
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