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Yankees: Beltran considering pinstripes
by Fanball Staff - Fanball.com
Friday, October 22, 2004
The Carlos Beltran-to-the-Yankees talk has already started. Following the Astros' loss in game seven of the NLCS to the Cardinals Thursday night, the All-Star center fielder was asked repeatedly about his impending free agency and whether there was a chance he would stay in Houston. "This is going to be a team I'll consider when the season is over," Beltran would politely respond, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. "We'll have to see what happens when my agent and the owner get together." When a reporter cut to the chase and asked about signing with the Yankees, Beltran smiled. "I would like to see if that's going to happen. I don't know if the Yankees have an interest in me or not." Pressed further and questioned whether he thought he looked good in pinstripes, his smile reportedly got even wider. "I don't know," Beltran said. "What do you think?"
Yankees' general manager Brian Cashman, who has already been told by TheBoss that he will not be fired before next season, has already said that they will be going after pitching this winter. Nonetheless, the Yankees are one of the few teams that have the wherewithal to sign a player like Beltran and you have to know his name has already been discussed in the Bronx. In fact, the Yankees are the clear frontrunner to ink Beltran. If they do so, look for Bernie Williams to become the full-time designated hitter. Stay tuned.
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