Yankees announce signing of eight-time All-Star Carlos Beltran to a three-year contract.It took a little longer than it did for McCann and Jacoby, but the Yankees finally made the Carlos Beltran signing official today. The team formally announced the deal, which was for 3 years and $45 million in case you'd forgotten, and he will be introduced at a press conference tomorrow at 11 AM EST.
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To clear a spot for Beltran on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated Brett Marshall for assignment. He was mostly bad as a starter in Triple-A and mop-up reliever in the Majors last year, but still has some prospect value as a young, hard-throwing pitcher. I'm not sure why the team would elect to expose him to waivers when they could have dumped someone more expendable like Vernon Wells or David Huff, but hopefully he clears through and makes it back to Triple-A.
With Beltran in the fold, the Yanks now have a projected starting outfield of he, Ellsbury, and Gardner for 2014. It still remains to be seen if Gardner will be traded or if the team will move forward with Soriano as the primary DH and de facto 4th outfielder, but there's plenty of time to figure that out.