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Royals are surprise contenders for Carlos Beltran

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09:42 AM ET 11.23 | The Rangers, Mariners and especially his old Royals could become real threats to keep star free-agent outfielder Carlos Beltran from returning east to the Yankees or Red Sox, according to people familiar with his talks. Kansas City is believed serious in its intention to bring him back. "They are in on him for sure," said one person familiar with the discussions. Beltran is said by a source to have requested a four-year deal, though it's believed he'd probably take the right three-year deal, if offered. The Royals went four years on mid-rotation pitcher Jason Vargas, who had an ailment last year, so it seems conceivable they'd go more than two for Beltran, their former star. The Royals are said to hold an allure for Beltran who came up with them. But as free agency goes, the terms are always important, and there's no evidence to this point the Yankees or Red Sox have signaled a willingness to go past two years.

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November 23, 2013  10:00 AM ET

I thought he wanted to go somewhere to get a ring.

November 23, 2013  10:53 AM ET

He mostly wants to get paid and see if he can get a HO resume built up.

November 23, 2013  10:54 AM ET

HOF resume

November 23, 2013  10:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

HOF resume

I don't think he'll end up with the numbers to get there. He belongs in the Hall of Very Good.

November 23, 2013  11:01 AM ET

That's his real goal. I don't know if he'll make it or not. There aren't many gold glove centerfielders with the numbers he has. Three more good years might put him over the top. His numbers will be as good or better than Dawson's by that point.

November 23, 2013  11:33 AM ET

Why would he want to play for low grade team like the Royals.

November 23, 2013  11:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Why would he want to play for low grade team like the Royals.

He already has played for them.

November 23, 2013  12:18 PM ET

2 Years Baby, no mas!!!

November 23, 2013  12:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I thought he wanted to go somewhere to get a ring.

it seems he cares more about the money thing,,,

November 23, 2013  04:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I thought he wanted to go somewhere to get a ring.

You took the words out of my mouth.
Agent trying to set up an auction?

November 23, 2013  07:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I thought he wanted to go somewhere to get a ring.

Carlos isn't a ring player. Remember Tori Hunter crashing over the short Fenway fence, going head over heals head first into the Red Sox bull pen. Tori didn't leave the game and that was the ALCS. Flash forward a week and remember Carlos just brushing up against the same fence, in the World Series, Carols comes out. Great numbers, soft player.

November 23, 2013  09:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Carlos isn't a ring player. Remember Tori Hunter crashing over the short Fenway fence, going head over heals head first into the Red Sox bull pen. Tori didn't leave the game and that was the ALCS. Flash forward a week and remember Carlos just brushing up against the same fence, in the World Series, Carols comes out. Great numbers, soft player.

If you've ever injured your ribs you know how it feels. Don't be too quick to judge Beltran.

November 23, 2013  10:44 PM ET

I can't see this coming to fruition.

 
November 25, 2013  12:38 PM ET

"oh no, we may have to outbid the ROYALS!" - every team interested in Bletran

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