Coming off their third World Series victory in the past 10 years, the Boston Red Sox will be looking to win back-to-back titles in 2014. Obviously, the feat of back-t0-back championships is something that’s incredibly tough to pull off. The last team to do it was the New York Yankees, who actually won three straight from 1998-2000. Any team that’s going to win consecutive championships, really has to have a loaded roster. It’s possible that the Red Sox could lose a key piece of their roster this offseason (Jacoby Ellsbury), so that’s part of the reason why talk of signing Carlos Beltran has emerged.
The latest rumors have the Red Sox as one of the teams interested in the veteran outfielder. But at this point in his career, the term ‘veteran’ is putting it lightly. Beltran is now 36-years old (will turn 37 in April) and will heading heading into his 17th MLB season in 2014. However, his production at the plate has yet to tail off.
At his current rate of production, Beltran makes sense for the Red Sox. He’d be a solid addition for the team all the way around, but you just have to wonder when his numbers will start to decrease. It’s really only a matter of time for baseball players. There’s always that season where players just start to slow down. It even happens to the great ones.
You’d have to think that Beltran will want a multi-year deal, so signing him will be a pretty big risk for the Red Sox. But if they’re unable to re-sign Ellsbury, they might have to open up the checkbook to bring in one of the greatest postseason hitters of all time.