Reds interested in Carlos Beltran?
An unexpected team appears to have joined the fray with an inquiry about free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran.
Beltran told a Spanish language newspaper, Primera Hora, that the Reds have reached out to his representative, Dan Lozano. Beltran also told the reporter from the publication that he’d like to stay in the National League.
Beltran has been linked to several of the contenders in the American League this offseason, a list that includes but isn’t limited to Detroit, New York, Texas and Boston.
That Cincinnati could be a possibility for an in-demand free agent like Beltran is a little stunning since it is a small market club with limited payroll flexibility. It’s also a long shot that he becomes a Red.
The Reds would like to bring high-priced free agent Shin-Soo Choo back to play center field but are unlikely to meet his high salary demand. Choo is 31 while Beltran is 36, and could be signed for fewer years perhaps but with probably a very high yearly salary. Beltran made $13 million in each of the last two seasons.
Beltran would also have to switch spots. Primarily a right fielder for the Cardinals the past two seasons, the Reds already have Jay Bruce as their right fielder. The Reds also have Ryan Ludwick in left field.
– Mark Sheldon