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AL East: The Red Sox are after Beltran

Check out what’s going on in the American League East.

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To fill the hole in the team’s lineup that Big Papi left behind, the Red Sox are looking to notable slugger and former Yankee, Carlos Beltran.

“Dave Dombrowski has suggested the Red Sox could be headed for an understated offseason, and it’s looking more and more like Boston will not, in fact, be bringing a big-ticket replacement like Edwin Encarnacion in to fill the hole left by David Ortiz at DH. Instead, it’s Carlos Beltran who has emerged as the early favorite to take Big Papi’s spot, with Scott Lauber of ESPN citing a major-league source who says the Red Sox “want him badly.””

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