New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Free-agent outfielder Carlos Beltran took $3 million less to join the New York Yankees with a three-year, $45 million deal.
He had an offer for three years and $48 million with the Arizona Diamondbacks .
The Kansas City Royals, Beltran’s first major league team, also pursued him. But the Royals filled their outfield void with a trade for Milwaukee’s Norichika Aoki Thursday.
Beltran has continued his late-career surge during the past two seasons, making back-to-back All-Star teams the last two years to strengthen his case for the Hall of Fame.
The 36-year-old hit .296 with 24 home runs and 84 RBIs in 145 games this past season for the NL champion St. Louis Cardinals.
The pact with Beltran comes on the same day former Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano agreed to a 10-year, $240 million deal with the Seattle Mariners.
With the addition of Carlos Beltran, the Yankees now have six outfielders on their roster who will make more than $90M combined. Four of them will be at least 35 on Opening Day:
Beltran made five All-Star teams with the New York Mets before going to the San Francisco Giants in a trade for pitching prospect Zack Wheeler in July 2011.
He once asked the Yankees if they would take him on a discount when he signed his seven-year, $119 million contract with the Mets in 2005. The Yankees declined.