Report: Red Sox among teams discussing acquiring Yankees OF Carlos Beltran

Ryan Hannable
July 31, 2016 - 6:17 pm
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The Yankees are sellers at this year's deadline and it looks like they aren't stopping with just their bullpen. Outfielder Carlos Beltran could be dealt by Monday's deadline and according to ESPN's Buster Olney, four teams are interested in potentially acquiring him, including the Red Sox. The other teams are the Astros, Rangers and Indians. Beltran is 39 years old and will be a free agent at the end of the season. The switch-hitter is batting .301 with 21 homers and 61 RBIs this season. He's played exclusively right field the past two seasons with the Yankees. As it relates to the Red Sox, if they were to get him he would likely be their everyday left fielder and move Brock Holt to a super utility role. Chris Young is working his way back from a hamstring injury, along with Blake Swihart and his ankle injury, but his return doesn't appear as close as Young. Beltran is better from the right side of the plate, as he's hitting .342 against left-handers compared to .283 against righties. It would seem Beltran is too good to platoon with Young, so if the Red Sox did get him, he'd play virtually every day. With him being just a rental player, the asking price likely won't be too crazy, but for the Red Sox he may not be worth adding considering who they have returning from injuries and also don't forget about Andrew Benintendi in Double-A. Some also may want to look at the Red Sox and Yankees not wanting to trade with eachother, but they did in 2014 when the Red Sox traded Stephen Drew. For more Red Sox news, visit weei.com/redsox.

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