I can't even take one night off from this without some major news breaking. The Yankees wasted no time in getting started on their Plan B without Robinson Cano, tonight reportedly agreeing to a deal with free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran. Via Mark Feinsand, the deal is for 3 years. Via Tim Brown, it's for $45 million.
The Yankees were in on Beltran from the start, but things seemed like they had cooled off after the McCann and Ellsbury signings. With Cano now gone, the need for more offense was obvious and the return to Beltran doesn't come as a huge surprise. The Yankees were reluctant to give him the 3rd year initially but apparently willing to do it now that Cano leaving gave them the extra money. Again, I would have preferred Shin-Soo Choo, but Beltran is an upgrade over their current right fielder and should provide above-average production from that spot and as a part-time DH next season.
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