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Turns out Carlos Beltran wasn't in mix to replace David Ortiz

Rob Bradford
June 23, 2017 - 1:21 pm

The Red Sox designated hitter spot since David Ortiz hasn't been what they hoped.

Despite residing in the middle of the pack among American League teams in terms of batting average and OPS when it comes to the DH spot, the Red Sox have managed just 17 extra-base hits at the position, second-worst in the league. 

So with the Sox' original plan not going quite as planned, it's interesting to reflect on some of the other rumored paths they were considering this past offseason. Well, as it turns out, one of the first players to be surfaced in early November as a possible replacement for Ortiz, Carlos Beltran, was really never in the mix, after all.

"There was nothing close," Beltran told WEEI.com during the Red Sox' recent series in Houston.

He added, "I think my agent reached out to them, but they were looking for something else."

Considering the perception that the Red Sox were targeting Beltran as their No. 1 option to fill their DH spot with the departure of Ortiz, it is interesting to note the 40 year old's revelation that this was not a road the Red Sox were interested in venturing down.

The Red Sox' possible interest in Beltran did make some sense considering his flexibility as a switch-hitter, and likelihood that he would be looking for a short-term contract. (He signed a one-year, $16 milliondeal with the Astros.) But, as it turns out, the Sox never were planning on playing Hanley Ramirez at first base as much as locking in Beltran would entail. Hence Dave Dombrowski ultimately prioritizing Mitch Moreland.

"I love Moreland," Beltran said. "It's the business. I understand that sometimes teams have a priority. Moreland is a great guy. They needed a first baseman and he's one of the best defenders in the game. And this year he's swinging the bat well."

Primarly manning DH for the Astros, Beltran has played in 63 games this season, hitting .236 with a .707 OPS and 10 homers.