The World Series is complete and the champagne has stopped flowing from the clubhouse of the Boston Red Sox. That means the offseason is officially underway for all 30 Major League clubs. In the Series, there was a free agent-to-be outfielder who had a nice postseason and is now looking for a matching payday. While Jacoby Ellsbury does fit into that category, I refer to a different player, one who possibly could be targeted by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Starting in right field and hitting cleanup for the Snakes on Opening Day, Carlos Beltran.
This is just pure speculation on my part. In fact, according to an article at mlb.com, GM Kevin Towers stated that “this is one of the weaker free agent markets I’ve seen in some time, so that might lead us towards looking at trade partners more”. However, one of the team’s needs is a power-hitting corner outfielder. Enter Beltran, who at 36,is still very productive as his time in St. Louis has shown. He just completed a 2 year, $26 million dollar contract with the Cardinals and hit 56 home runs and drove in 181 runs during his stint. With Cody Ross sidelined for a extended period due to hip surgery, there is an opening in the outfield. A possible hiccup could be that Beltran may want to play right which is where two-time Gold Glove winner Gerardo Parra currently resides. If either guy is open about going to left, there could be a match in the desert.
Of course, no transaction could be complete without talk of money. A similar two year deal for slightly more dollars might suit both the D’backs’ and Beltran’s desires. I am not sure the team would be willing to go to a third year as perhaps another team with a similar need would. If the D’backs wants to light a fire under its fan base, going hard after a star such as Beltran will surely get them excited.