The Baltimore Orioles had a great offense for most of the 2013 season but when it came down to crunch time they were missing a few key hits and a few key starts from good pitchers. It all added up to them missing the postseason in 2013. You figure the GM and ownership want this team back in the playoffs in 2014 for obvious reasons. That would mean they need to focus on pitching but they also could stand a decent bat that has the ability to hit in the clutch down the stretch. Enter Carlos Beltran. The Orioles should go after the soon to be free agent outfielder.
Beltran has at least a few good years left in him and probably as many as five. I wouldn’t hesitate to offer him a three or four year deal with incentives and team options for additional seasons. There will be other teams in on Beltran as the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets both have already suggested they want a piece of the outfielder who is gaining near legendary status during this year’s postseason. He’ll demand somewhere around $15MM probably but that shouldn’t be a huge problem for the O’s if they want this kind of improvement.
They do need pitching but imagine next September when they are surely close to a playoff spot once again, if not fighting to keep one. They’ll have some pop all season long from the usual suspects but Beltran would provide not only that but key leadership during a postseason run. He is showing this season what he is capable of in that time of the season and that is why the Orioles should go after him. He would help during the season and especially in October. If they could add him and a little solid pitching, it would be very fun to watch them down the 2014 stretch run.