After losing both Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson, the Yankees capped off an already crazy Friday by announcing the signing of Carlos Beltran. The 36-year-old agreed to a three-year contract worth $45 million, becoming the Yankees' third major free agent acquisition of the off-season.
Over his 16-year career, Beltran has hit .283/.359/.496 for the Royals, Mets, Giants and Cardinals. The outfielder was named Rookie of the Year in 1999, winning the award by a large margin over runner-up Freddy Garcia. Last season he hit .296/.339/.491 while helping St. Louis to a World Series appearance and the best record in the National League. In addition to his regular season successes, Beltran has (increasingly famously) OPSed 1.128 in 51 career playoff games across four years. Beltran has been fairly durable over the last few seasons since missing nearly 100 games in 2010. (Should be noted that his 2010 was spent with the Mets, which could explain that.)
While there seems to be little disagreement that this signing improves lineup the Yankees for 2014, the main issue seems to be with the length of the deal. Beltran will be 39 years old when the contract ends. Is three years too much for someone on the wrong side of 30? How much does Beltran improve the Yankees? Vote in the poll below and head to the comments to discuss further.
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