Red Sox targeting Carlos Beltran in free agency

What if Carlos Beltran and David Ortiz were on the same postseason roster?

11/8/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

Oct 27, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran 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 SportsDespite the Cardinals' World Series loss, Carlos Beltran had a pretty decent series. He hit .294 despite playing with bruised ribs the entire series, and is still one of the greatest postseason hitters of all time.

Due to that (and other reasons), the Boston Red Sox are taking a long look at Beltran this offseason to help offset the likely loss of Jacoby Ellsbury.

Beltran doesn't play center field, where Ellsbury has played for the Red Sox for the past few years, but the Sox could do a little shifting with someone like Shane Victorino to make it work.

The most ridiculous part of this scenario is the idea of Beltran and David Ortiz in the same lineup. Ortiz had one of the all-time greatest World Series performances from a hitter this year, and Beltran has a long history of stepping up big in the playoffs.

If the Sox were to sign Beltran, it would give them a rather ridiculous duo right in the middle of their lineup, particularly when combined with guys like Dustin Pedroia and Victorino.

This might not be the most conventional move for the Red Sox, and Beltran probably isn't the best fit overall for the team, but the idea of seeing those two hitters in the postseason is basically a Red Sox fan's wet dream.
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