The Yankees remain interested in a reunion with free agent DH/OF Carlos Beltran, with the Red Sox, Astros, and Rangers viewed as other serious suitors, reports Joel Sherman of the NY Post.
The Yankees traded Beltran to the Rangers on Aug. 1 in exchange for RHPs Dillon Tate, Eric Swanson and Nick Green,
The 39-year-old Beltran, who just completed a three-year deal worth $45 million, hit .304 with a ,344 OBP and .546 SLG with 22 home runs and 64 RBIs in 99 games for the Yankees this past season.
He hit .280 with a .325 OBP and .451 SLG with seven home runs and 29 RBIs in 52 games for the Rangers after being traded.
Beltran has hit .281 with a .354 OBP and .492 SLG with 421 home runs and 1,536 RBIs during his 19-year career that has been split between the Royals, Astros, Mets, Giants, Cardinals, Yankees, and Rangers.
Of all the potential designated hitters on the market, Beltran is the best fit for the Yankees.
His familiarity with the club, his switch-hitting ability, his continued prowess as a run producer in the middle of a lineup and his respected veteran presence are all traits the Yankees need to replace the recently traded Brian McCann.
There is always a question about a player's ability to transition to the designated hitter role after many years as a position player. Beltran answered that question with some impressive numbers as a DH in 2016 -- .288/.328/.510 with 20 doubles, 15 home runs and 50 RBIs in 314 plate appearances. If Beltran is willing sign year to year contracts at this point in his career, the Yankees couldn't do better on the free agent market for the production value he could provide.