“Honestly, they were (my first choice),” Beltran told Joe & Evan. “They were there, but at the same time they couldn’t do anything about it. The Yankees were going through a salary cap (issue).”
The Yankees are ready to introduce another big name to the Bronx. An agreement with Beltran, reached Dec. 6, was announced by the Yankees on Thursday. He’ll meet the media Friday.
The Yankees — and the rest of Major League Baseball — may have to wait another year for a shot at signing Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka.
“I think the Mets are where they are,” Leiter said. “The Nationals are the team to beat, (the) Atlanta Braves are very good, who knows with the Marlins and Phillies. They’re just, to me, they’re not a playoff team.”
The Bombers are still patching together their infield following the departure of second baseman Robinson Cano. The latest piece of the puzzle: former Orioles infielder Brian Roberts.
The two-time World Champion outfielder is getting a firsthand look at the other side of the Boston-New York rivalry.
Cano seemed to be next in line as the player to wear pinstripes for his entire career, all set to follow the path laid before him by Jeter, Posada and Rivera. But then Seattle blew him away.
Let’s face it. Outside of Matt Harvey and Daniel Murphy, the kids haven’t done much for the cause. The Mets might as well try it the Yankee way.
General manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday the team isn’t shopping outfielder Brett Gardner, though they will listen to offers.
Free-agent right-hander Bartolo Colon and the Mets have reached a deal, giving the New York the starter it was seeking to replace injured ace Matt Harvey.
The 34-year-old left-hander hit the open market last month when the Mets declined his $25-million option for 2014, which included a $5.5 million buyout.
“I think we’re still building,” Wilpon said. “I mean, we’d like to win next season, of course. I know everybody feels it’s slow in coming, but these things sometimes take a little bit of time.”
“If the numbers are right, he had 240 million reasons why he should go to Seattle,” Cashman said poolside at the Swan and Dolphin Hotel on Tuesday. “If I was him, I would’ve done the same thing.”
The Yankees are among the team interested in Tanaka, who was a Japan League record 24-0 in the regular season. He then closed out Game 7 as the Eagles won the Japan Series.
The Yanks are still looking for a second baseman/third baseman type and are trying to bring the lineup “back to the top two or three offenses in the game. We need more work there.”