Although St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran is in the midst of an intense NLCS battle against the Dodgers, rumors about his future beyond this season are continuing to swirl. According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, there is expected to be mutual interest between Beltran and the New York Yankees this winter when Beltran hits the free agent market.
Feinsand notes that Beltran tried to sign with the Yankees when he was a free agent in 2005 and 2011, but the team did not have enough interest to add him at the time. New York is expected to be in the market for an outfielder this winter in an attempt to add some offense, so Beltran may finally be a fit in the Bronx. Feinsand cites sources close to Beltran who say that the 36-year old would "strongly consider" signing with the Yankees.
In 149 games with the Cardinals on the season, Beltran hit .296 with 24 HR and 84 RBI, earning his eighth career All-Star appearance along the way. While general manager John Mozeliak has publicly stated that a Beltran return to the Cardinals is still a possibility, the slugger has said that he is "going to listen to everybody and see what happens" this winter. Other reports have indicated that the Orioles, Mets and Royals will be among the teams to watch on Beltran this offseason.