Carlos Beltran in Baltimore? FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles are interested in him. The pursuit may hinge on the team clearing a high salary player such as Matt Wieters, Rosenthal adds.
Kenny is all over the Orioles dealing Wieters story this offseason. I just don’t see it happening, his value is too low after a disappointing season. I understand his looming free agency, but it makes more sense to roll the dice, hope for a good first half and try to move Wieters at the deadline.
Sports Illustrated’s Jay Jaffe has a great piece on why moving Wieters would be a mistake for the O’s.
If they’re looking to free up some salary, how about Jim Johnson? MLBTradeRumors.com projects that Johnson will make $10.8 million in his fourth year of arbitration eligibility. It will be tough to deal his contract, but it makes more sense than selling low on Wieters.
Beltran, the 16 year veteran is coming off a season in St. Louis in which he hit .296/.339/.491 with 24 home runs and 84 RBI. The 36 year old wants to win a World Series and plans to sign with the team that will give him the best chance to do so. I think he will ultimately be back in St. Louis.
I preferred the mid-week rumors, in which the Orioles were targeting pitching. Beltran would be a good fit in the Orioles lineup, but without a improvements in the starting rotation it’s not going to matter how strong the bats are in 2014.