Signing Carlos Beltran Would Crowd New York Yankees’ Outfield
The New York Yankees could be favorites to land potential free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran, who is trying to help the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. Reported by Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, the Yankees could be in the market for an outfielder this offseason and getting Beltran would definitely help an outfield that started to come of age last season.
However, if the Yankees plan to re-sign Ichiro Suzuki and Curtis Granderson, the outfield quickly becomes crowded. Bringing back Vernon Wells too would make it less likely that the Yankees fit Beltran anywhere in the outfield, let alone the lineup. The outfield is the first concern, but more than likely Granderson will get a qualifying offer and Ichiro still has one year remaining on his contract. Bringing in Beltran only makes things complicated.
If you are thinking that using him as a designated hitter is a good idea, then you have to account for where Derek Jeter is going to fit in because he is only going to be limited at shortstop. Eduardo Nunez will more than likely get majority of the starts being that Jeter is still recovering from ankle problems.
If Alex Rodriguez comes back, he could play at that position too. Kevin Youkilis coming back on another one-year deal also could have some traction because of the uncertainty behind Rodriguez’s availability. There are many questions the Yankees have to address at home first before they go prancing into the open market. The outfield is incredibly crowded, so it may not make sense to sign Beltran right now.