Carlos Beltran Becomes Latest Aging Player to Join New York Yankees
It’s official – Carlos Beltran is a member of the New York Yankees. Two weeks after agreeing to a three-year/$45 million deal with the Bronx Bombers, Beltran was officially introduced at a press conference on Friday. This will mark the second time Beltran has played in New York during his career and he sounds like a guy who thinks he got it right this time.
“Having the opportunity to come back again as a Yankee means a lot to me. I grew up being a Yankee fan. I grew up being a Bernie Williams fan. At one point, I almost got a chance to sign with the Yankees, but it didn’t work out,” said Beltran.
Instead of signing with the Yankees back in 2005, he signed with the Mets and his career changed paths. Now after two more solid seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, the 36-year old is ready for another run at the World Series.
Odds are that Beltran will play solid over his three years with the Yankees. He’s aging and probably not the ideal signing for the franchise, but when it comes playoff time, there’s almost no one better in all of baseball. Beltran is a proven player in the postseason and should the Yankees return to the playoffs in 2014, he’ll likely earn every cent of his contract.
But the big question with the Yankees – as a whole, are they too old now?
When you look at the key players on their roster, many of them are aging at a rapid pace. Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano are all flirting with 40, while the other big name acquisitions this offseason, Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann, will both start next season at 30. Can they all come together for a deep postseason run? It’s certainly possible, but with all the position players the Yankees have in their 30s, you really have to wonder about their chances of climbing all the way to the mountain top.
However, no matter how things pan out over the next few years in the Bronx, you can rest assured that the Yankees will continue to throw money at their problems. Sometimes, it’s a great strategy.