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December 21, 2013

Yankees introduce OF Carlos Beltran

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Beltran, who hit .296 for the Cardinals last season with 24 home runs and 84 RBI in 145 games, could present different options for manager Joe Giraldi in the lineup. With three knee surgeries, including a pair in his right knee, the 36-year-old could be shuttled between right-field and the DH spot.

Currently the Yankees have six outfielder on the roster although they’ve been looking at trying to see if they could move Brett Gardner for a starting pitcher, with the retirement of Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes signing with the Minnesota Twins.

In an ironic twist, Beltran once again joins another team as a free agent after his new team let one of its biggest stars walk away. Filling Albert Pujols’ shoes in St. Louis was a tough task but Beltran put up some good numbers as he regaining his All-Star pedigree during his two years there and playing the World Series for the first time in his 16-year career.

He sees his move to New York as just being one of the many pieces needed to return the Yankees to the playoffs after being left out of October baseball for just the second time in 19 years.

“In my case I don’t come here to replace nobody,” Beltran said. “I come here to fill my own shoes.”

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