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Yankees agree to sign Carlos Beltran to a three-year deal worth $45 million

Shocked? Not shocked.


According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, the Yankees have agreed to terms with free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran on a three-year deal. The Yankees wanted to land Beltran before they signed Jacoby Ellsbury earlier this week, but the three-year deal scared them off. After losing Robinson Cano to the Mariners today, they have re-upped their interest in all free agents.

The deal, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, is worth $45 million. This presents a very crowded outfield for the Yankees, who have Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, Alfonso Soriano, Ichiro Suzuki, Vernon Wells, and now Beltran all under contract for next season. A few of those are expendable by way of designation for assignment, but could a trade be in the works to try and get some value back for Gardner in his last season before free agency?

What do you think this means for the 2014 outfield? Is Brett Gardner a goner?