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.