(WGGB) — It was moving day in the American League East on Friday, as the New York Yankees aim to regroup and make a return to the playoffs in 2014.
In a deal late Friday, New York agreed to terms with veteran outfielder Carlos Beltran, according to several reports citing Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.
The deal would reportedly be worth $45 million over 3 years. Beltran is fresh off of a World Series loss to the Boston Red Sox as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. He will join former Boston outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury in a new-look Yankees outfield in 2014.
In his second season with the St. Louis Cardinals, Beltran nearly hit for a .300 average in 2013, which has been a regular benchmark throughout his career. He was 10th in the National League with 24 home runs and brought his number of strikeouts down to 90 from a staggering 124 in 2012.
This will be Beltran’s sixth major league team since getting drafted in 1995, but it will be the first time since he started with the Kansas City Royals that he will be playing in the American League. It was with the Royals that Beltran won his Rookie of the Year award in 1998.
Being in the AL will likely be an advantage for Beltran, as the slugger can fill the designated hitter position as his contract takes him to age 39.