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It feels like the Duck Boats are still being docked; yet the MLB hot stove is already warming up. George A. King, of the New York Post, is reporting that the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox are interested in arguably the best player from the team they vanquished in the fall classic just nine days ago: Carlos Beltran.
King writes that, “the switch-hitting right fielder has drawn strong interest from the Yankees’ blood rivals.”
Of course, the Sox’ AL East rivals will not be sitting idly by while Boston pursues the greatest postseason hitter of our generation; both the Yankees and Orioles have interest in Beltran. According to King, however, the Sox have been “more aggressive” than their AL East compatriots.
Since joining the Cardinals in 2012 after stints in San Francisco and Flushing, Beltran has looked as if his age may be catching up to him, yet he is undoubtedly still a threat in the middle of the lineup. Of course, more importantly, he is not only the greatest postseason hitter in the game right now, he may have solidified his title as the greatest postseason hitter of all-time with his performance this past season for St. Louis. He batted .268/.388/.464 this year (after famously injuring his ribs in the World Series), adding to his even more impressive postseason resume: .333/.445/.683. \
While it is certainly hard to look at this current Red Sox team and find areas desperately in need of improvement, adding a player of Beltran’s caliber (not to mention his sterling reputation as a teammate) would only improve their chances of becoming the first repeat World Series Champions since the Yankees in 1999 and 2000.