Could Carlos Beltran replace Robinson Cano?

Carlos Beltran

Carlos Beltran and Robinson Cano are two of the many big names in the free agent market, and it could be possible that the Yankees are interested in Beltran. However, being interested in Beltran could come at a huge price: losing Robinson Cano to another team.

If the Yankees do consider making the move, they could be taking a lesson from the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals signed Beltran for two-years after Albert Pujols left for the Los Angeles Angels for a decade long contract worth $240 Million before the 2012 season. Sure, Pujols and Beltran play different positions, but the thing that was a constant was replacing a power bat with another power bat.

Beltran may be 36 years old, but he averaged 28 HR’s and an OPS of .836 in the past two years. In the past two years, Cano has averaged 30 HR’s an OPS of .914.

If Cano¬†does decide to go elsewhere, the Yankees could even look in the free agent market for another power bat that’s not Beltran. There’s Jacoby Ellsbury, Shin-Soo Choo and even Curtis Granderson. Out of the names I listed, Beltran seems to be the standout potential replacement. He’s going to be 37 next season, which means his dollar value will diminish. The fact his dollar value will diminish is very enticing to the Yankees who are trying to keep their payroll under $189 Million for the 2014 season.

The Yankees need power. Beltran needs a new contract. It could be a matchmaker–if the Yankees play their cards right.

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10 Responses to Could Carlos Beltran replace Robinson Cano?

  1. smith says:


    • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

      Personally, I'd rather have Cano over Beltran, so I can see why you wouldn't be a fan of Beltran replacing Cano. I think at the end of the day, it'd have to do with how much money these two players want.

    • olie says:


  2. Tanned Tom says:

    It depends on Beltran's knees. If he can play the OF for 2 years he's worth adding. If can't then there's no point. Having a full time DH is one of the dumbest things a club can do, unless he's David Ortiz type hitter.
    As for money, Cano wants a contract only a stupid owner would grant. Better to replace his bat at another position, and with a lot less long term liability, than to overpay for a guy who DOES NOT HUSTLE, and isn't exactly clutch in the post season. So giving him a 10 year deal would be a much bigger mistake than letting him go and signing Beltran for 2 years.
    But this is all academic as the Cards will make the qualifying offer, and the Yanks will not give up a first round draft pick for 2 years of Beltran.

  3. olie says:

    I don't see the point of this DOES NOT HUSTLE rap on Cano. It does not take a great talent to hustle or anyone of us could be playing. Cano is being paid to do something few people can do.Cano is the best 2nd BASEMEN in Baseball with the bat and one of the best with the Glove. I have never heard a quote from Girardi saying Cano does not Hustle .Also 5 or so years ago when Beltran was in Houston he may have been comparable to Cano but not even close now!

    • Cano doesn't hustle. It's bad. His numbers were amazing this year, but they could have been even better if he had just a little of Alex Rodriguez's hustle. Over the course of the year I can only guess that he cost himself 5 or more base hits and failed to stretch a single into a double or a double into a triple 5-10 other times. I love Cano and I don't want to spend too much time bashing him, but if he's truly a leader on this team it's a bad example to everyone else.

      • olie says:

        Rob, If Cano doesn't hustle that is Girardi's fault. As I said it does not take talent to hustle and they will pay him (Not 10 Years) for his talent not his lapses. Picture next years opening roster with Homer Bush at 2nd and say to yourself I sure like bush at 2nd and he runs everything out. A poor example but can u see my point!

    • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

      Girardi was asked about Cano not hustling his last press conference of the season. He said he spoke to Cano about it, but Cano still doesn't hustle.

  4. Gene Kinnaly says:

    sure, he's ONLY 36, but, in baseball years, thats old. they don't need another old guy…. think YOUNG!

  5. GEORGE S. says:


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