Oct 27, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran (3) hits a RBI single against the Boston Red Sox in the third inning during game four of the MLB baseball World Series at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: H.Darr Beiser-USA TODAY Sports

Royals Rumors: Carlos Beltran Considering Royals Return


 

Are things coming full circle for Carlos Beltran? According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Royals are tying to make that happen. Here’s what Heyman wrote last night.

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.

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  • jimfetterolf

    Can’t see Beltran and Butler on the same team, especially KC, as Beltran’s defense is sufficiently brutal that he racked up less fW last year than David Lough. Given Beltran’s age and Kauffman Stadium, I also don’t see him as enough of an offensive upgrade over Bill to be worth twice the payroll cost this year, and about a fourth higher in ’15 with Beltran a year older and Billy in his chronological prime. I see Beltran as this year’s Jose Guillen for the Royals and would avoid that.

    • Joel Wagler

      His defensive skill have certainly gone downhill but it still wouldn’t surprise me if he is signed to play RF 5 days a week.

      • jimfetterolf

        Hope it’s by Cleveland or Detroit. Beltran would fit best in Baltimore, 40 homers as a DH, but the K would eat his defense and homers for lunch and deprive us of what Lough and Maxwell offer at a fraction of the price. Better to spend $16m on another rotation piece or a 2nd baseman than on another DH.

  • Joel Wagler

    I would love for Beltran to resign with the Royals but I would imagine that it would be to play right field. He may have to be rested more often but it will make him more affordable and the Royals have decent back up outfielders to give a rest a day or two a week.