Kansas City is believed serious in its intention to bring him back. “They are in on him for sure,” said one person familiar with the discussions.
Stars may be starting to align for a Royals reunion to happen. The Yankees and Red Sox each are focused on re-signing their own free agents, and neither have an open designated hitter spot for Beltran to occasionally occupy.
St. Louis traded for Angles outfielder Peter Bourjos, which would suggest a Beltran return is unlikely.
Other contenders include the Rangers and Mariners. Rumors suggest Shin-Soo Choo is Texas’ primary target. So do the Royals have an opening to work with to sign Beltran?
It is assumed that if the Royals sign Beltran then Billy Butler will be placed on the trading block. Seattle has shown interest in the past for Butler, and his affordable contract may make him more appealing to teams like Baltimore and, yes, Texas.
A Butler trade would open up money for the Royals to sign Beltran and may also bring in another bat or starting pitcher. Although it is assumed the Royals would be looking for another bat if they dealt Butler.
It is possible the Royals could keep Butler for this season and play Beltran in right field by trading some of their more expensive bullpen pieces. However, a Butler trade would be more likely to return a quality outfielder or starting pitcher. Additionally, if there is a time to trade Butler it would be now given his contract and his value to the market.