Red Sox have ‘serious interest’ in signing Carlos Beltran
The Globe's Nick Cafardo reported on Nov. 19 that the Red Sox, Orioles, and Yankees have expressed serious interest in signing Beltran while the Herald's Scott Lauber tweeted that Boston has already engaged in "serious dialogue" with the 36-year-old free agent.
On Nov. 10, the New York Post’s Joel Sherman reported that there could be a problem in the Red Sox going after Beltran: namely, his age and knee issues are making some view him as mainly a DH possibilty, which the Red Sox clearly don’t have room for. He may need more regular rest in Boston if he were to play outfield full time than if he signs elsewhere and is a primary DH.
According to the New York Post, the Red Sox have more than a passing interest in Beltran. Cafardo confirmed that there is interest, but it is “not that aggressive to this point according to team source.”
The Post cited “a person who knows Carlos Beltran,” who said the Yankees and Orioles have shown interest, but the Red Sox have “been more aggressive.”
Beltran received a $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals. He hit .296 in 2013 with 24 home runs and 84 RBIs. He also showed he knows how to play Fenway Park’s outfield angles when he robbed David Ortiz of a potential home run in Game 1 of the World Series despite running into the outfield wall.