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Source: Red Sox not interested in Carlos Beltran at three years

12.03.13 at 11:10 pm ET

According to an industry source, while the Red Sox have been engaged in talks with free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran, the team is unlikely to pursue a three-year deal for the 36-year-old.

As a switch-hitting corner outfielder who hit .296/.339/.491 in 145 games for the Cardinals in 2013, Beltran represents one of the best hitters on the market and someone whose ability to play either outfield corner would permit the Sox potential depth and roster flexibility. Moreover, he’s in line for fewer years than most of the other prominent free agents on the market. However, given that the eight-time All-Star (who has played on the All-Star team in each of the last two years with St. Louis) has a reported three-year, $48 million offer in hand (an offer reported by Buster Olney of ESPN.com), the Sox appear unlikely to set the market for his services.

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