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Carlos Beltran | Designated Hitter | #15

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (39) / 4/24/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 213
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1995 / Rd. 2 (0) / KC
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Astros signed OF/DH Carlos Beltran to a one-year, $16 million contract.
The deal was agreed to Saturday and then finalized Monday after Beltran passed his physical in Houston. Beltran figures to serve as the Astros' primary designated hitter in 2017, though he's still capable of playing some corner outfield at age 39 (40 next April). Beltran batted .295/.337/.513 with 29 home runs and 93 RBI in 151 games this summer between the Yankees and Rangers. Dec 5 - 2:15 PM

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Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Astros have agreed to a one-year, $16 million contract with Carlos Beltran.

The Astros have won out over the Yankees, Red Sox and Blue Jays who were also active in the bidding for the veteran slugger. Beltran returns to the Astros where he had a magical half-season in 2004, slashing .258/.368/.559 with 23 homers, 53 RBI and 28 stolen bases following a mid-season trade from the Royals. He's expected to function primarily as the designated hitter for the Astros, but could see time in the corner outfield as well.
Dec 3 - 1:41 PM

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation hears from a source that the Yankees, Red Sox, Astros, and Blue Jays remain the most active clubs in the bidding for free agent Carlos Beltran.

The same thing was reported by Rob Bradford of WEEI.com earlier this month and apparently things haven't changed. The Blue Jays recently signed Kendrys Morales, so Beltran would be forced to see regular time in right field in his age-40 season if he ends up in Toronto. It's not the best fit, but the AL East is figuring prominently in the negotiations. Beltran, who was not eligible for a qualifying offer since he was traded midseason, can likely be had for a one-year deal.
Nov 30 - 9:49 AM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees, Red Sox, and Astros "are the most competitive teams" for Carlos Beltran.

Sherman notes that the Rangers could perhaps by lurking in the background. Beltran will be 40 years old in April, but he slugged 29 homers with an .850 OPS (122 OPS+) this past season and isn't tied to draft pick compensation this winter. The thought is that he could be had for a one-year deal in the range of $15-18 million, but the competition between contenders could obviously change that.
Nov 22 - 2:37 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Astros remain interested in Carlos Beltran.

They have traded for Brian McCann and also reportedly signed Josh Reddick, but the Astros evidently aren't done seeking offensive help. Houston isn't the only former team of Beltran's that's interested in him, as the Yankees reportedly would like him to return. Beltran will turn 40 next April, but his .295/.337/.513 batting line with 29 home runs and 93 RBI in 151 games this past season suggests that he has something left in the tank.
Nov 18 - 11:01 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Yankees are "seriously looking" at top designated hitters now, including Carlos Beltran and Edwin Encarnacion.

Brian McCann was previously expected to serve as the primary designated hitter in 2017, but the spot is wide open now that he's been traded to the Astros. Beltran would be more of a short-term investment while Encarnacion appears likely to land a deal in the four-year range. Heyman writes that the Yankees have been in touch "with just about all the top hitters" available in the free agent market. They could have a surprise up their sleeve.
Nov 17 - 11:22 PM

According to Rob Bradford of WEEI, the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees, and Astros have shown the most interest in free agent Carlos Beltran.

Bradford also hears that the Rangers are not currently involved in the bidding and don't seem inclined to make a serious run at re-signing the veteran outfielder. Beltran, who turns 40 years old next April, slashed .295/.337/.513 with 29 home runs and 93 RBI in 151 games this past season between Texas and New York. He still has a good amount left in the tank offensively, though the team that signs him will probably need to give him regular turns at DH.
Source: WEEI.com
Nov 15 - 8:45 PM

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that the Astros are "hot" for free agent slugger Carlos Beltran.

It's an interesting scenario to contemplate. Beltran had an amazing run with the Astros in 2004 before leaving for the Mets via free agency and has been booed heavily in Houston ever since. But the Astros see him as a potential fit as a designated hitter and part-time outfielder. He's a popular name with other teams as well, including the Rangers and Red Sox. Beltran, who turns 40 next April, batted .295/.337/.513 with 29 homers and 93 RBI in 2016.
Nov 9 - 1:35 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Carlos Beltran is on the Red Sox' radar.

The Red Sox are looking to replace David Ortiz at designated hitter, and it's no surprise Beltran's name has come up. They were also connected to Beltran at the trade deadline. Beltran turns 40 next April, but he batted .295/.337/.513 with 29 homers and 93 RBI in 2016 and making him a full-time DH could help him stay healthy and continue being productive.
Nov 7 - 9:55 PM

Carlos Beltran said Tuesday that he plans to keep playing in 2017.

Beltran will be 40 next April, but he showed no signs of slowing down this year by batting .295/.337/.513 with 29 homers and 93 RBI over 151 games. He finished the season with the Rangers after being traded at the August 1 deadline and expressed interest Tuesday in returning. Either way, he'll be playing somewhere in 2017.
Oct 11 - 3:09 PM

Carlos Beltran went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer against the Angels in Wednesday's loss.

Beltran has 28 homers, putting him just two away from his fifth career 30-homer campaign. He's also hitting .299, so he could bat .300 for the fifth time in his career, too.
Sep 22 - 12:24 AM

Carlos Beltran went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer Wednesday against the Mariners.

Beltran is three homers away from his fifth 30-homer season and first since 2012. He has five homers and 21 RBI in 32 games since joining the Rangers.
Sep 8 - 1:17 AM

Carlos Beltran slugged a two-run homer and drew a bases-loaded walk Friday against the Astros.

Beltran recently found himself in a miserable 0-for-32 funk, but he’s now 9-for-21 (.429) with two home runs, a double, and five RBI over his last five games. Just in case there was any doubt, he’s going to be just fine.
Sep 3 - 12:25 AM

Carlos Beltran went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Monday's win over the Mariners.

He was Hisashi Iwakuma's nemesis in this one, taking him deep with a solo shot in the first inning and getting to him with an RBI double in the third. Beltran also added an infield single off of reliever Arquimedes Caminero. The veteran slugger went through a 32 at-bat hitless streak but has now picked up five base knocks in his last eight at-bats.
Aug 30 - 12:02 AM

Carlos Beltran is not in the Rangers' lineup Sunday.

It's a regular day of rest. The Rangers have Adrian Beltre in the designated hitter spot and Jurickson Profar at third base.
Aug 28 - 12:24 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2Max Stassi
1B1A.J. Reed
2Marwin Gonzalez
3Tyler White
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Carlos Correa
3B1Alex Bregman
2Colin Moran
LF1Nori Aoki
2Tony Kemp
CF1Jake Marisnick
2Teoscar Hernandez
RF1George Springer
DH1Evan Gattis
2Carlos Beltran
3Yulieski Gurriel
4Preston Tucker
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Dallas Keuchel
2Collin McHugh
3Lance McCullers
4Charlie Morton
5Mike Fiers
6Joe Musgrove
7Brad Peacock
8Reymin Guduan
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Ken Giles
2Will Harris
3Luke Gregerson
4Tony Sipp
5Chris Devenski
6Michael Feliz
7David Paulino
8Jandel Gustave
9James Hoyt
10Brady Rodgers
11Kevin Chapman
12Ashur Tolliver