This off-season, the New York Yankees spent some serious cash. It was $471 million to put an exact number to it. Amongst all the big name acquisitions and international signings, OF Carlos Beltran was perhaps the most important piece.
Beltran will step into the middle of the order in the Bronx and the veteran will once again be a steady fantasy baseball contributor. He will be surrounded by names like Derek Jeter, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mark Teixeira, and Alfonso Soriano, so the veteran will get plenty of chances to score runs and rack up RBIs.
Beltran’s 2013 numbers with the St. Louis Cardinals were phenomenal. He ended with a .296 batting average, which was well above his .283 career-mark. The slugger also added 24 home runs and drove in 83 runs in his resurgent fantasy season.
The outfielder continued his torrid pace right into the postseason. Beltran boasted a .268 batting average with a .388 On Base Percentage. He hit two critical home runs and shockingly finished with 15 RBI in 17 contests. Beltran looked like he was in his prime again.
The 36-year-old will occasionally receive games off, especially night games that are followed by a day game. However, he will be one of the most underrated power-hitters again in 2014. He knows how to wait for the right pitch and the switch-hitter could end up hitting posting monster numbers in New York’s home run-friendly ballpark.
Beltran will be an ideal second outfielder to target after the top-20 options come off the board this spring. He should finish with a batting average over .280 and be able to easily add 25-plus home runs.