The Arizona Diamondbacks lost out on Carlos Beltran to the New York Yankees. That’s the feeling most teams have had this offseason with the Yanks once again opening up the checkbook for Beltran, Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury. The D’backs were never mentioned as a possible destination for the switch-hitting outfielder until late last week. Now we know that the D’backs offered three years and possibly more money than New York offered according to Nick Piecoro at azcentral.com. The rejection stings a little bit because Beltran offers pop from the left side that the teams needs.
On the other hand, it shows that the organization is willing to pony up more dollars for the guys they want. Three years for a guy who is 36 with a questionable knee is pretty bold for a team like the D’backs. Fans have to be happy that the team made a run at one of the top guys on the market. If there was a concern for the status of Gerardo Parra, you can bet he would still have been in the Opening Day lineup. For Beltran, it made sense to go to the Yankees. One, he always wanted to be in the Bronx. Two, he would be able to DH and three, there is an opening in right field. In Arizona, Parra is the better guy to handle right so it would require a position switch for Beltran.
Is it disappointing that Carlos Beltran did not choose Arizona? Yes, but it is not because of the team. He wanted to be a Yankee back even when he was a free agent in 2005 but the team had the great Bernie Williams in center field. We can’t be certain Beltran would have been able to play 120 games in the outfield in any of the three seasons so maybe the team is better off in the long run. Still, it shows that management is willing to make a commitment to a winning product.