After all the talk swirling around about the New York Yankees‘ interest in Jacoby Ellsbury, the deal is now official. According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, Ellsbury signed a seven-year, $153 million contract to cement his future with the Yanks. New York was also talking with Carlos Beltran about joining the Yankees’ outfield in 2014. Now that they have Ellsbury, it seems unlikely that the Yankees would sign another outfielder.
This means the door is wide open for the Kansas City Royals to make a big move.
Beltran visited KC on Tuesday as part of a tour of teams that were interested in signing him. The Royals need power to compete in the AL, so an upgrade should be imminent if owner David Glass wishes to keep the team relevant. The Dexter Fowler option is now off the table, and the Royals are the team most often mentioned as a serious candidate to sign Beltran.
Just yesterday, Buster Olney of ESPN announced that a three-year, $48 million offer was made by an anonymous ball club. As of yet, there is no indication that this was Kansas City’s doing. However, sources in New York think that KC is indeed willing to offer Beltran a three-year contract. All this talk came before the Ellsbury signing.
At 36, Beltran has indicated that he is fully healed and ready to go for several more years in MLB. However, the aged outfielder has certainly lost a step or two defensively thanks to his bad knees. This means a move that brings Beltran to KC could also mean saying goodbye to current DH Billy Butler. We’ll certainly be pondering the possibilities of that one in the days to come.