It seems like Carlos Beltran has another suitor in the AL.
The outfielder is coming off a good year with the St. Louis Cardinals, and he is reportedly seeking a three-year deal, something most teams have rejected to offer due to his age. There is one team, however, that is rumored to have offered Beltran what he’s asking: the Kansas City Royals.
The Royals are in need of a scoring punch, and Beltran would be a solid addition to the roster. He is a solid hitter with pop in his bat, and he can play left field or DH occasionally.
Although no figures have been reported yet, the fact that the Royals are willing to offer him three years would put them ahead of the pack to sign him. Other teams like the New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds and Seattle Mariners have also been linked to the outfielder, but all of them have been reluctant to offer him more than two years.
If Beltran arrives to the Royals, that would mean they could trade DH Billy Butler, who still has around $20 million left on his contract. Considering that Beltran brings so much more to the table in terms of his skill set, the Royals might end up winning if they receive more offense for a player that wouldn’t have a spot in their roster.
Beltran has already stated he would prefer to stay in the NL but as of today, the Royals are the only team willing to give him what he’s asking. That could be the difference-maker when the veteran makes a decision.