Boston, MA - According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, the Boston Red Sox and outfielder Carlos Beltran are having “serious dialogue” about a potential contract. There were reports last week that the Red Sox, Yankees, and Orioles all had major interest in signing Beltran.
Obviously, this would be a huge addition by the Red Sox, who appear likely to lose Jacoby Ellsbury. Beltran was one of the key pieces for the St. Louis Cardinals last year and would be joining the team that denied him a chance at a World Series win. This seems like a great deal for both sides if it gets done and would certainly be a huge addition for Boston’s chances at a repeat.
Beltran had a very solid year last season with the Cardinals, with a .296 average and also racking up 24 homers and 84 RBI’s. He’s still an extremely consistent player, playing in 145 games in the regular season and appears to have a couple good years of baseball left in him. We do not know the particulars of what a contract would look like, but expect it to be at least two years.
This news doesn’t necessarily mean that the Boston Red Sox will sign him, or that they’re even the favorites to acquire his services. It does mean that the two sides are very interested in joining forces and a deal is at the very least being seriously discussed. If the Boston Red Sox are unable to bring Ellsbury back, you can expect them to turn their full attention to Beltran if they haven’t already signed him. He looks to be a perfect fit there and the Red Sox are exactly what he’s looking for as well.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Pro Sports Extra. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.